Okay so I was just on a page for a photographer friend of mine on facebook looking at preakness photos and I'm interested, I see the majority of horses being walked around with chains or ropes through their mouth...What are these called, why do they use them through the mouth instead of over/under the chin like a normal stud chain? Is there a purpse I'm missing?
Tiger Walk wearing the chain:
Optimizer wearing a...string...?
Then I'll Have Another has a sort of thicker chord something in his...
Okay next question, looking at the racing shots, Bodemeister has something wrapped around his bottom jaw that I don't quite understand what that's all about either.
And finally, I know I have asked and gotten this question answered before, but I forgot so here we go again. What is the white thing on I'll Have Another's headstall that goes across his face in sort of peace-sign formation attatched to the bit guards?
Excuse my ignorance....I'm not good witht he function of the racehorse tack besides the saddle, reins, and bit.