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Luc T

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Luc, Interesting  horse muzzles  also called Kuchikago.. 

Difficult with the photos Is it monkeys in the left? If yes the monkey are often present,depicted because they are supposed to protect horse against desease.. 

In the 2nd kuchikago  the upper zigzag part is a protection, shinto dedication.. 


I saw only few from Kaga, or with crests or signed Myochin..edo.. 

(Also 2 show p10  in "the arms and armour" book from I. Bottomley and A P  Hopson.. )

Do you have more details, mei ? 

Interesting post 🆙



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Most are used to limit, but not eliminate, grazing. A horse that eats to much, besides being fat and sluggish, can founder, a condition that can lead to death. So groomsmen apply these devices to slow their intake. Also, horses fight, and bite each other, injuring one another. And my guess is that if you rode to your lord's castle, you don't want you horse eating his prized garden.

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