The Chronicle of the Horse
MagazineNewsHorse SportsHorse CareCOTH StoreVoicesThe Chronicle UntackedMarketplaceDates & Results
 
Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun. 16, 2001
    Location
    Los Angeles, California
    Posts
    3,186

    Default When did they invent Blinkers

    And how did they manage before them?

    http://www.reshafim.org.il/ad/egypt/...cs/chariot.htm no blinkers.
    Didn't see them on the depictions of the roman chariots on wiki

    How did they keep the horses from freaking out?



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec. 27, 2006
    Location
    Western NY
    Posts
    1,590

    Default

    Driving without blinkers is really not a big deal. Take the time to train the horse and most of them will just learn to accept the carriage. I have driven all of mine, including an OTTB, both with and without blinkers. For most it didn't matter either way. The OTTB actually was MUCH better without the blinkers and I wish I had shown her that way.

    I don't know when they were invented though.

    Christa



  3. #3
    gothedistance is offline AERC Decade Team - 2000-2010 Premium Member
    Join Date
    Jan. 12, 2004
    Location
    No. VA
    Posts
    2,181

    Default

    Recently ...about the time staged (town to town) coaching (driving a four in 2+2 fashion) came to the fore, and driving cast-off race Thoroughbreds became the norm for coaching. The blinkers had an important job - they protected the eyes of the wheelers from the leader reins (which in the earliest coaching days passed through a standing terret on the poll before they eventually moved lower on the head nearer the eyes when the poll terret was supplanted by a drop terret at the side of the head (around the middle of the 1800's). Blinkers also kept the leaders' attention on the road in front of them, and allowed the bridles to be interchangable from leader to wheeler.

    The new addition to the bridle caught on. Wealthy owners who coached found the blinkers to be a nice backdrop for advertising your family crest.

    Everyone wants to imitate the rich. The fad caught on - if you use what the rich/famous use, that sets you a cut above. That's how fashion become the norm. Just like the knights having treed saddles when most riding saddles were treeless. If you rode in a treed saddle, that put you a cut above your more lowly neighbor who couldn't afford the more expensive treed saddle. Which is why most saddles are now treed, although the knights are now long gone never to return.

    Just put 2 + 2 together. 4 is usually the correct answer.
    Last edited by gothedistance; Apr. 15, 2012 at 09:54 AM.



Similar Threads

  1. Horse a little nervous in blinkers
    By youngwhip in forum Driving
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: Apr. 21, 2012, 03:06 AM
  2. If I could invent an app...
    By Freebird! in forum Off Course
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: Nov. 10, 2011, 04:36 AM
  3. Why doesn't someone invent...
    By Nojacketrequired in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: Dec. 31, 2010, 11:46 AM
  4. I wish they would invent...
    By Holly Jeanne in forum Around The Farm
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: Dec. 14, 2010, 10:37 PM
  5. blinkers-why or not
    By hastyrebeljane in forum Racing
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: Jun. 9, 2010, 03:29 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •