Even if we can think horse is an animal of an ancient world, we have to admit that it is always here, helping humans or participating in various competitions.
The Industrial Revolution has never made it disappear from the human activity and still at the beginning of the 20th century, horses were part of the society.
I propose some photographies extracted from the archives of Douai (http://archives.ville-douai.fr/) which show it in the life of “douaisiens” around the beginning of 20th century.
AMD 8Fi258 : carts in the « Petite Place ». Some of them are sleighed by horses, even one by a dog.
AMD 8Fi7 : « Place d’Armes » during a market day.
AMD 8Fi219 : « Rue Saint Jacques », a cart and a tramway.
AMD 19Fi418 : Stables and drinking trough of the barracks Corbineau.
AMD 19Fi307 : Stables of the 15th regiment of artillery of the barracks of Caux.
AMD 8Fi682 : German troops on horses between 1914 and 1918.
Finally, a last picture shows the nobility of the horse during a ceremonial of the Royal Guarding in London (July 2009).