Sex of the horse
R. A. Jewell
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Black and white photo of chestnut gelding, Joe Direct driven by Nelson in the 2.20 Pace at the Oxford County Fair races, South Paris, Maine, Sept. 1, 1927.
Of particular note in this photo is a piece of equipment identified by Donnie Richards of Yarmouth, Maine as a "knee spreader" used to prevent the horse from hitting his knees and causing injury while running at full trot. The knee spreader, rarely used in the period and no longer used today, is attached to the shaft of the sulky as well as the outside of the horse's foot. The strap extending down the horse's leg is a knee boot, also designed to prevent injury from the horse hitting his knees together while racing.
Standardbred horses, American Standardbred racehorses, Maine harness racing, Maine horse racing, Sulky racing, Trotting races, 1927b album