There were still one million horses at work
on British farms in 1900.
As they had done for centuries, they pulled the implements that tilled
the soil, and hauled the produce from field to farm and from farm to market.
Latterly, especially from 1850 onwards, their power had also been used
to help drive an increasing array of processing machines to be found on
the farm. The different types of heavy horse were crystallised into separate
distinct breeds during the course of the nineteenth century as breeding
improvements took on a more organised form. The mutual respect between
man and working horse on the farm was very real. As a result, the passing
of the horse era in favour of tractors as the twentieth century progressed
was regretted by many. A small number of heavy horses are to be found
working on farms today and they are a popular feature at country fairs