Shadow Roll

A shadow roll is a piece of equipment, usually made of sheepskin or a synthetic material, that is attached to the noseband of a horse's bridle. Like blinkers, it partially restricts the horse's vision, and helps him to concentrate on what is in front of him, rather than objects on the ground (such as shadows).

Shadow rolls are most commonly used in horse racing, as some horses will try to jump shadows on the ground which will slow them down. They are also occasionally, albeit rarely, seen in eventing. The shadow roll is also seen in show-jumping competitions, especially for horses who have a tendency to raise their heads too high and evade the bit. The shadow roll is intended to correct this by forcing the horse to lower his head in order to see the jump; when the horse's head is raised the roll blocks his vision.

Horse tack and other equine equipment
Saddles, component parts and accessories
  • Western saddle
  • English saddle
  • Australian Stock Saddle
  • Sidesaddle
  • Pack saddle
Component parts and accessories
  • Girth (tack)
  • Breastplate (tack)
  • Stirrup
  • Tapadero
  • Saddle blanket
  • Saddlebag
  • Pannier
Bits, bridles and hackamores
  • Bridle
  • Hackamore
  • Double bridle
  • Bitless bridle
Bits and bit parts
  • Curb bit
  • Snaffle bit
  • Gag bit
  • Kimblewick bit
  • Pelham bit
  • Spade bit (horse)
  • Ring bit
  • Bit mouthpiece
  • Bit ring
  • Bit shank
Component parts and accessories
  • Noseband or cavesson
  • Bosal
  • Mechanical hackamore
  • Reins
  • Romal
  • Mecate (rein)
  • Curb chain
  • Fiador (tack)
  • Bit converter
  • Bit guard
  • Lip strap
  • Tongue-tie (tack)
Horse harness and carriages
Harness and parts
  • Horse harness
  • Horse collar (includes hames)
  • Breastplate (tack)
  • Breeching (tack)
  • Crupper
  • Trace (tack)
  • Terret
  • Surcingle
Harness bridle components
  • Blinders or blinkers
  • Shadow roll
  • Bearing rein or overcheck
Horse-drawn vehicles
  • Carriage
  • Sulky
  • wagon
  • Sled
  • Cart
  • Horse and buggy
  • Naturmobil
Tack accessories and training tools
  • Martingale (tack)
  • Whip
  • Crop (implement)
  • Quirt
  • Spur
  • Surcingle
  • Bitting rig
  • Longeing cavesson
  • Side reins
  • Chambon
  • Draw reins and running reins
  • Gogue
Other equipment
Stable equipment
  • Halter
  • Lead (tack)
  • Grooming tools
  • Horse blanket
  • Fly mask
Leg protection
  • Leg wraps
  • Polo wraps
  • Shipping bandage
  • Stable bandage
  • Bell boots
  • Splint boots
  • Skid boots
  • Hobble (device)
  • Picket line
  • Twitch (device)
  • Cattle crush
Historic or ceremonial equipment
  • McClellan saddle
  • Barding
  • Kura (saddle)
  • Abumi (stirrup)
  • Frentera
  • Shabrack
  • Caparison
  • Horse brass
  • Hipposandal
Farriery (horseshoeing)
  • Horseshoe
  • Hoof boot
  • Caulkins
  • Horse trailer
  • Glossary of equestrian terms
  • Category:Horse tack

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