back to top

Here's Why So Many Horses At The Olympics Are Wearing Tiny Hats

It's not just because they're such fashion-neighhh-stas.

Posted on

If you've been paying attention to the equestrian events so far at this year's Olympics, you may have noticed something of a ~trend~.

John Macdougall / AFP / Getty Images
John Macdougall / AFP / Getty Images
Jamie Squire / Getty Images

And you might be wondering if all horses and humans involved in such activities are compelled to sport dainty headwear.

(Which, like, I wish.)
Michael Hickey / Getty Images

(Which, like, I wish.)

But actually, the horses' hats are called "ear bonnets" or "ear nets"...

...and while you can get some pretty fashionable ones...

...they're primarily meant to keep flies away, and to muffle sound so horses stay calm.

Sometimes, the bonnets are even helping to hold cotton balls in the horses' ears.
John Macdougall / AFP / Getty Images

Sometimes, the bonnets are even helping to hold cotton balls in the horses' ears.

So calm.

Rob Carr / Getty Images

So fly-less.

(Fun fact: If you look close enough, you can see this guy is also wearing a horsey breathe-right strip!)
Ed Jones / AFP / Getty Images

(Fun fact: If you look close enough, you can see this guy is also wearing a horsey breathe-right strip!)

So now you know. Carry on!

NBC
The best things at three price points