Many racehorse trainers believe that blinkers keep horses focused on what is in front, encouraging them to pay attention to the race rather than to distractions such as crowds. Additionally, driving horses commonly wear blinkers to keep them from being distracted or spooked, especially on crowded city streets.
What is the purpose of horse blinkers?
The blinkers shut off the peripheral vision of the horse, so that they can only look forward. This means they can concentrate more on the ground, fences and hurdles that are in front of them. If a horse is easily distracted by its surroundings then blinkers can act as a vital piece of safety equipment.
Why do the horse owners cover their horses eyes with blinkers?
A fly mask is a piece of gear used on horses heads to cover the eyes, jaw, and sometimes the ears and muzzle to protect them from flies and other biting insects.
Why do they put blinders on mules?
While recently strolling through the New Orleans French Quarter, we walked by a mule wearing blinders. Horses wear blinders to reduce their field of vision and stay focused on their tasks. When pulling loads or racing, horses are easily distracted.