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pacerclick to hear

A horse that paces, that is, raising both legs on the right side, then, as those legs come down, raising both legs on the left side.
pacer shaft driver knee boot suspender spoked wheel seat shin boot hobble hobble hanger shaft holder surcingle scalper knee boot breast collar back pad head pole blinker head number overcheck back strap

shaft click to hear

Wooden or metal arm that extends the sulky; the horse is harnessed between the two of them.

driver click to hear

Person who steers the horse; the driver’s main task is to restrain the horse to conserve its energy for the right moment.

knee boot suspender click to hear

Strap that goes around the horse’s wither; it keeps its knee boot in place.

spoked wheel click to hear

Round unit that is held by fine metal rods radiating from an axle; it allows the sulky to move.

seat click to hear

Part on which the driver sits to steer the sulky.

shin boot click to hear

Equipment placed around the cannon of the horse’s leg to protect it from injury.

hobble click to hear

Set of straps on each side of the horse that connect the forelegs and hind legs; they help the horse maintain the pace.

hobble hanger click to hear

One of four straps that support the hobble.

shaft holder click to hear

Strap that attaches the shaft to the horse’s harness.

surcingle click to hear

Strap that goes under the horse’s belly; it keeps the back pad and shaft holder in place.

scalper click to hear

Usually rubber item of equipment that covers the horse’s hoof to prevent injury.

knee boot click to hear

Rigid equipment that protects the horse’s knee.

breast collar click to hear

Part of the harness that goes around the horse’s neck; it transmits the horse’s movement to the shaft.

back pad click to hear

Padded part set on the horse’s back; the back strap goes over it.

head pole click to hear

Stick attached along the horse’s head; it prevents the horse from turning its head during turns.

blinker click to hear

Rigid part that is attached to the cheek strap; it reduces the horse’s lateral vision.

head number click to hear

Numbered plate that is attached to the horse’s head for identification by the public and the judges.

overcheck click to hear

Strap that connects the bridle to the back pad; it lifts the horse’s head so it maintains the pace.

back strap click to hear

Reinforced strap that is attached to the back pad; it is fitted with girths that can be attached to the shafts.