by Jo Steele
In watching the Preakness, I notice in the post parade that the person holding the rein of the horse that is racing had what appeared to be like a shield on the right side of their horse.
Can you tell me what it is and what it is used for.
Answer: The person leading the race horse is called an Outrider and his horse is a Lead Pony.
The shield is a shoulder bite pad to protect the pony from over anxious or aggressive horses.
Sometimes they'll wear a rear guard too.
Answer supplied by Laurie Ross of www.ironmaidensthoroughbreds.com/
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