Advert for William Pope & Sons, horse rugs
Printer: City Press, W H & L Collingridge
Medium: Print on paper
As late as 1891, there were still three times as many people in Britain who worked in horse drawn transport than there were on the railways. Horses would were therefore a considerable presence in Victorian London. Drivers of Hackney cabs and carriages relied on their horses for their livelihood and so it was important that they were healthy and strong animals. The wealthier members of society rode horses daily around parks in London and the physical splenour of these horses reflected the care and money lavished upon them. Horse rugs were popular among all classes to help protect their animals against bitterly cold winter weather.