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The elaborate ‘costume’ the horse is wearing is a knotted string ‘fly sheet’, designed to wick off sweat and keep the flies off the horse. Also note that the boots are inserted backwards in the stirrups, which in most cases indicates the death of the rider. Since Gen. F. D. Grant (son of Ullyses S.) died on April 12, 1912, this photo would have been taken a few days later at his funeral most likely.
I’ve heard President Grant was first in horsemanship when he was at Westpoint