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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Bwahahahaha!

This is not necessarily tacky and is not harmful to the horse, it was just so hilarious looking I had to post it.


It is a shadow roll for a harness horse, they call it, predictably, a brush roll. Snork, snicker.

17 comments:

  1. Wha??! What is the purpose of it?

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  2. Beats me, really. Perhaps someone can enlighten us.

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  3. is it like they do for racehorses? Sometimes they'll put a really big sheepskin noseband on to stop the horse putting its head up in the air; if it does then the noseband will mean that it can't see, so it'll stick it's head back down again to see where it's going. Maybe it's a version of that? A really odd looking version anyways....

    That, or it's a way of getting your horse to clean the water trough as it drinks? lol

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  4. As the horses on the track are racing, some have been known to spook, and even try to jump a shadow that might be across the track. So this is just another version of the big fuzzy shadow rolls you will see on the nosebands of some. Also, some feel it makes the horses lower their heads some, to look down, over the shaddow roll.

    I had never seen one of these. I picture those little LED light things where the ends show the light, and usually color. Like those tacky lamos of the 80's. That would be awesome for night racing, eh? (snicker)

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  5. Seems like a very convenient way to clean your buckets with very little effort.

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  6. hehehe, I found this while searching for harness stuff, and was like WTF!? hehehe, I can see the use, but still, WTF?!

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  7. Before I read the text I thought it was to help with weaning.... ow.

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  8. Back at the barn, Dolly dons her pink brush roll to match her tutu for the big night at the ballet...

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  9. I think it's like horsey high fashion... not worn everyday, but something we occasionally aspire to. ;-)

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  10. My aunts one standardbred had one that had little finger things that flapped in the wind when he paced. He had to have it so he would be distracted by them or else he would explode and do stupid dangerous things. He won them a lot of money but they quickly put him in a claiming race before he got someone seriously hurt.

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  11. LOL-funny device. Sydneys comment reminds us "buyer beware".....

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  12. So I learned something new today - shadow roll. hmmmmmmm

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  13. LOL it looks like one of those things put on calves so they cant nurse.

    Hey found a sidesaddle blog, she commented on my today, thought you might like to take a look. http://www.ridingaside.blogspot.com/

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  14. I wanna know how many people actually buy that goofy thing. XD

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  15. Probably quite a lot.

    As somebody already said, it's a device to stop a racing horse from jumping a shadow on a dirt track. (It's less of a problem on turf where the shadows tend to be less distinct). I have seen a horse lose a BIG race because it jumped a shadow...it makes them slow down and lose momentum. Most shadow rolls look like very heavy sheepskin nosebands...this one's a bit different, but it's basically for the same purpose.

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