Where Have All the Horses Gone?

How Advancing Technology Swept American Horses from the Road, the Farm, the Range and the Battlefield

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About the Book

A century ago, horses were ubiquitous in America. They plowed the fields, transported people and goods within and between cities and herded livestock. About a million of them were shipped overseas to serve in World War I. Equine related industries employed vast numbers of stable workers, farriers, wainwrights, harness makers and teamsters. Cities were ringed with fodder-producing farmland, and five-story stables occupied prime real estate in Manhattan.
Then, in just a few decades, the horses vanished in a wave of emerging technologies. Those technologies fostered unprecedented economic growth, and with it a culture of recreation and leisure that opened a new place for the horse as an athletic teammate and social companion.

About the Author(s)

Jonathan V. Levin’s previous writings covered the environment, local history, and economic history. He lives in Teaneck, New Jersey.

Bibliographic Details

Jonathan V. Levin
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 248
Bibliographic Info: 12 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6713-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2837-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface 1

Introduction 3

One: America’s Horses Go to War 11

Two: What Did You Do in the War, Dobbin? 28

Three: On the American Road 63

Four: On the Farm 103

Five: On the Range 123

Six: Recreation 131

Seven: Racing 142

Eight: Polo 151

Nine: Unwanted Horses 174

Conclusion 185

Appendix (Tables 1–10) 187

Chapter Notes 199

Bibliography 217

Index 231