I have been around horses all my life. In & out of the show ring & on & off the race track and I would like to relate a true story about one of them, that really will always give me a chuckle.
Many years ago, I worked as a groom/trainer for a fella who owned 2 trotters. And one of those trotters was a 2 yr. old by the name of Runnymede Galen. Now this colt was a big good looking colt and the owner had paid major money to own him. So there was no question that this colt wouldn't be cut if he could race fairly decent.
Now Galen didn't have a mean bone in his body but he did have a "slight" problem else where.
Ya see, All went well till training day & as soon as ya turned him to train, his extremely long large toy would dangle out & swing from side to side & strike the shafts of the training cart.
To say he & I became the laughing stock of the track is an understatement!
So off I went to buy a stud ring! That is a thick rubber ring pushed over said member- if ya get my drift.
So off we go to train & the bugger plays with his toy & snaps the bloody ring.
So off to blacksmith, who makes a ring out of a couple of horse shoe nails.
Bugger snaps that one too!
So what to do?
So off to harness shop for a chat with some old timers.
I end up getting a stud support, large enough to tuck all of Galen's stuff into the net of support and off we go for a bit of training.
I'll be da--ed! It worked.
The jokes were still floating around as Galen trained, cause of the added piece of harness & how it was being used. The jokes stopped though when Galen finally had his first race & beat the snot out of all the other trotters in that race. The paddock judge, before the start of that race, did make a few comments but had heard the stories, so Galen was allowed to race with the stud support that way.
Now Galen was never a champion but he made his owner back the investment & then some. He also sired a number of good foals too. But he will always hold a place in my heart cause he taught me to never give up!
What a stud support looks like for trotters & pacers.