Les Femmes Cocher / 85 (Cab Horses / 5)
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Paris Moderne no. 912 Les Femmes Cochers

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Les Femmes Cocher / 85

Cab Horses / 5

Picture (left): Mme. Moser giving a piece of sugar to her favourite.

There were many drivers who did what they could to ensure the welfare of their horses. "At noon I feed Cocotte," one of them told Vance Thompson. "If I didn't pay for it out of my own pocket she'd go hungry."

This was borne out by Mme. Lutgen, who in October, 1907, charged that "all the decent food that cab horses receive is paid for by kind-hearted drivers out of their own meagre earnings. In other words, the proprietors of the cab establishments find that it is cheaper to starve a horse, and when it drops dead buy another, than it is to keep him well fed."

"A Paris cab horse hardly ever tastes hay or oats," she claimed, "but is just kept alive on rotten potatoes, moldy bran and barley and the refuse that comes from breweries."

She went on to state that one cab company "even keeps a poor horse for the purpose of experimenting. It is harnessed into a sort of treadmill, and is fed, among other things, on pounded wood shavings, which are gradually reduced, in order to find the minimum limit to which a horse could be usefully starved. Among the company's drivers this horse is known as the 'Chairman's hobbyhorse'."

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