Les Femmes Cocher / 82 (Cab Horses / 2)
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Paris Nouveau no. 2308 (a) Les Femmes Cocher

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Les Femmes Cocher / 82

Cab Horses / 2

Picture (left): Melle. Vilain. Paris becomes a Paradise for horses; they now feel a gentle and dainty hand.

As Vance Thompson reported in The Paris Cabman, "About forty-five thousand horses pull the cabs of Paris. The average life is a little less than three years.... Chained and strapped into the thills of the breakers' carts they are driven about the city until they are broken to the city sights and sounds.... Then, being bit-broke, whip-broke, city-broke and heart-broke, he is ready for the fiacre. He goes on until he breaks his knees and longer, even until he has worked out his average of three years.... Last year Paris ate 14,840 horses just about the annual number of horses used up in the fiacres."

In addition to the horses bred for cab work the trade absorbed ex-race horses, ex-hunting horses, ex-carriage horses and others no longer wanted by their former owners. Pulling a cab tended to be the last stage of a horse's working life, just before finishing up as leather, butcher's meat, pet food, fertilizer and glue.

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