Besides having the dubious distinction of being the No. 1 Google hit for "squash porn" (though I see I've now been bumped down to No. 3), I'm now the top hit for "equine riot gear" after I posted about the plexiglass face shields I saw on the horses of the mounted police during the DNC.
Which reminds me of something else I ran across while looking up that gear: crowd-control balls. These giant balls run about $250 and are used to train horses not to back down from large objects but to push against them and move them around.
Training also includes walking horses through fluttering curtains and over piles of trash. They have pompoms fluttered in their faces and trash bags full of cans rattled at them. If you've ever wondered why police horses are so unflappable, now you know.
Another accessory I found that amused me is for any horse that is excessively bothered by flies on its ears: a crocheted snood.
Kind of cute!
I can't mock it, being someone who puts a hot pink sweater on her poodle when the old girl starts shivering. (It's one of my old sweaters, not something I bought for her.)
The Internets are great for picking odd bits of interesting information that you didn't know you wanted to know.