Sports·Posted on Aug 9, 2016Here's Why So Many Horses At The Olympics Are Wearing Tiny HatsIt's not just because they're such fashion-neighhh-stas.by Nora WhelanBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 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. Michael Hickey / Getty Images (Which, like, I wish.) But actually, the horses' hats are called "ear bonnets" or "ear nets"... doversaddlery.com ...and while you can get some pretty fashionable ones... etsy.com ...they're primarily meant to keep flies away, and to muffle sound so horses stay calm. 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. 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! Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF NBC Sign up for BuzzFeed's Rio Roundup newsletter to get the hottest news each day of the games! If you can't see the signup box above, just go here to sign up!