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  • #6511
    pilgarlic
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    Afsoun was sporting a sheepskin noseband at Sandown – I`d imagine
    for the first time. I don`t recall seeing this on any other Henderson
    horses. Would it have any calming effect on a horse who gets in a state
    before racing?

    The other instance I can think of was when Stoute put one on King`s Best
    before the Guineas.

    #139975
    Kautostar1
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    Also, why do horses wear nosebands? I guess cheekpieces work similarly to blinkers but don’t quite understadn the purpose of the noseband. Thanks

    #139976
    LUKE
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    Also, why do horses wear nosebands? I guess cheekpieces work similarly to blinkers but don’t quite understadn the purpose of the noseband. Thanks

    Arguably not wearing a noseband cost Dayjur a Breeders Cup Sprint.

    #139977
    Wallace
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    Sheepskin nosebands are used by some trainers to encourage the horse to gallop with its head down. Others seem to use them on all runners.

    Its is generally thought horses move better when their head is lower and when riding a horse it is not pleasant to be on a horse that throws is head up.

    #139978
    davidjohnson
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    Nosebands are generally used on horses that carry their heads awkwardly. When they stick their heads in the air, the noseband will actually prevent them from seeing in front of them, so the horse then puts his head down so he can see.

    Kevin Ryan rarely runs a 2yo without one.

    #139979
    seabird
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    Found this piece by Greg Melikov on Suite101.com

    "There’s a piece of equipment, sometimes quite colorful, that helps some thoroughbreds to improve. You won’t find it listed in program or past performances like Lasix, blinkers and front wraps.

    It’s a large sheepskin band that fits over the nose to keep a horse’s eyes focused forward and away from distractions underfoot.

    It’s called a shadow roll.

    It goes on a horse that’s been shying away from sudden changes in light that occurs on the track. It keeps the head low and prevents the horse from climbing, allowing the animal to run level.

    Wearing a shadow roll may also signal a change in bits. That’s the part of the bridle inserted into the steed’s mouth.

    A horse having trouble breathing might require changing the ring bit to a direct bit, which will help the animal run level and correct the problem.

    So it might be a good idea to note on your program if your selection was wearing a shadow roll when running a particularly bad race. "

    Colin

    #139980
    Adrian
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    Sheepskin nosebands – or shadow rolls as they call them – do have to be declared in Dubai. You will see them listed in the declarations on the Emirates Racing website.

    #139983
    sberry
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    so its not to keep their noses warm then ?

    but seriously, i seem to recall last year, maybe at lingfield, a horse was declared with one, trainer didn’t put it on and the horse was withdrawn at the start, i think …

    #140018
    graysonscolumn
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    I suppose the obvious follow-on question from the above would be why nosebands are not mentioned against a horse’s name in the same way as cheekpieces and blinkers, if they serve, broadly speaking, the same corrective purpose.

    Point-to-point comments in running usually list crossed nosebands, but not sheepskin ones. Nowhere else does even that, unless I’ve been looking in the wrong places.

    gc

    The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.

    #140026
    davidjohnson
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    Timeform tend to list crossed nosebands in the comments on the better horses i.e. if rated 100+.

    #140047
    Himself
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    Don’t really like to see racehorses (especially the classier ones) wear nosebands (aesthetic reasons, more than anything) though it didn’t do the likes of Mill Reef, L’Escargot and Red Rum any harm.

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    #140048
    batman
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    Don’t really like to see racehorses (especially the classier ones) wear nosebands (aesthetic reasons, more than anything) though it didn’t do the likes of Mill Reef, L’Escargot and Red Rum any harm.

    Moscow Flyer

    #140050
    Himself
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    Don’t really like to see racehorses (especially the classier ones) wear nosebands (aesthetic reasons, more than anything) though it didn’t do the likes of Mill Reef, L’Escargot and Red Rum any harm.

    Moscow Flyer

    Yes, Jessica’s class two miler as well. How could I forget? :wink:

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    #140051
    batman
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    Don’t really like to see racehorses (especially the classier ones) wear nosebands (aesthetic reasons, more than anything) though it didn’t do the likes of Mill Reef, L’Escargot and Red Rum any harm.

    Moscow Flyer

    Yes, Jessica’s class two miler as well. How could I forget? :wink:

    Easy it’s Monday….. :lol:

    #140221
    vikingflagship
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    yeah red rum always wore a noseband as so did ginger mccains other national winner amberleigh house

    vf

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