My sons trainer put some sort of sheepskin blinders on either side of his pony bridle. Would someone care to explain to me what the purpose of this is, is it truly to keep the horse from being distracted?
That is a good question Findly and I'd love to know it. I have a friend who is working with a horse who keeps "running out" at the jumps and we were thinking of trying blinkers on him, however I'm a bit nervous since he can't see, if he does run out, what will he run into????
I've used the fuzzies before, but when I used them it was on a horse who had a habit of looking back at the rider (and consequently spooking). They may help focus the horse as well. Be cautious when using these at shows because there are rules about size and shape, and the stewards will call you out if they don't conform to the rules. All in all, I found them to be very handy on this particular horse, for a short period of time.
ETA: you can not show a horse in race track blinders, or "can't see backs".