Glossary of Equipment

The following table lists the meanings of the "Equip" column of info for a horse.

A Alumites Alumites, aka "Horse Shoes," are aluminum plates that help your horse acquire traction on all track surfaces.
B Blinkers Blinkers, aka "Masks," are side-shields that help a horse focus on what's in front of them. Also known as "tunnel-vision," this type of head gear disallows the horse to see to the sides of him/her. This is beneficial to the horse, in that he/she will not become timid or spooked when they see another horse running beside them.
C Cheek Pieces Strips of sheepskin that are attached to the side of a horse’s bridle. They partially obscure a horse’s rear vision, with the aim of getting the horse to concentrate on racing.
G Surgical shoes These are essentially corrective, orthopaedic, pathological, remedial, surgical and therapeutic shoes.
H Compression Mask Horse compression masks apply surface pressure to reduce unnecessary muscle vibration whilst boosting blood circulation. Compression masks apply compression to acupressure points, the temporomandibular (TMJ) and endorphin release points in the horses' head and poll. They will assist in the treatment of TMJ and poll issues, sinus and breathing issues, anxiety issues, focus and behavioural issues.

The poll muscles are the rectus capitis muscle group, located on each side of the horse’s neck behind his ear.
J Compression Mask and Blinkers See Compression Mask for the description of a compression mask. Blinkers are also described above.
K Cornell collar The purpose of the Cornell Collar is to aid in preventing intermittent dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP) during high-speed exercise. DDSP is a condition not uncommon in racehorses and causes upper airway obstruction and poor performance. This is a non-surgical solution for DDSP.
P Pacifiers Pacifiers are similar to blinkers however the eyes are entirely covered by mesh, offering restricted vision. Pacifiers were originally invented with a view to preventing eye injuries from flying debris in a race, however they were quickly found to help many horses stay more settled.
S Steel shoes Steel horseshoes are preferred by most equestrians since they are the most durable easily worked in the forge and less expensive but they are heavier than aluminum. What's more, heavy horses that are ridden on hard surfaces naturally must have hard-wearing shoes fabricated from steel.
T Tongue Tied A tongue-tie is usually a piece of nylon which is looped around a horse's tongue and then tied to the lower jaw in order to hold the tongue in place. Used to prevent a horse from getting the tongue over the bit or it may be used as an attempt to prevent some respiratory issues.
U Unshod


Created: 2015-07-01 Revised: 2024-03-18