In 1900, London needed some 300,000 horses to keep it moving. Most of them, and most of our earliest patients - were the horses of cabmen.YESTERDAY-londons-working-horses-cab-horse The others worked for traders like laundrymen, grocers or rag-and-bone men.



There were 11,000 horse-drawn cabs working London’s streets in 1900. An owner-driver would take the best care he could of the horse on which he depended, but some horses were rented by the day, and each driver would work the horse as hard as possible. A horse’s life was relentless, hard, hard work.

A steady stream of exhausted horses came to the Home for treatment. The charge for hiring a replacement was set at 25 shillings per week (about two days earnings). Feed for the rental horse was included, to make sure the hired animal was well-fed while out working.


Case Notes from 1907 show how The Home of Rest
helped both horses and owners.


 “A Brown Mare, ‘Baby’, suffering from rheumatism causing her to fall lame ... enabled to return to her owner in good condition and fit to resume work.... while the mare was under the Society’s care her owner was in hospital undergoing an operation for a cataract, freed, however, from anxiety as to this animal’s welfare by the knowledge that she was receiving the best of care in the Home.’”


Our Tired New Resident Arrives  

 1907 case study- brown mare before

Here She Is Ready To Leave

 1907 case study brown mare - after