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Show-jumping chic

Question for my horse-loving friends: are the horses in the Olympic show-jumping ring actually wearing little hats that cover their ears? And if so, does it serve any purpose or is it purely decorative?


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ellarien
Jul. 31st, 2012 01:27 pm (UTC)
Ah, that makes sense. Thank you!
heleninwales
Jul. 31st, 2012 01:29 pm (UTC)
I've also heard that riders sometimes put cotton wool in their horse's ears to muffle the sound of the crowd, announcers etc. Though the ear protectors are actually designed to keep off flies and midges, they also hold the cotton wool in place.
ellarien
Jul. 31st, 2012 01:32 pm (UTC)
Earplugs! That thought had crossed my mind, too.

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