Teams of horses and oxen were used last year at Dawes arboretum near Newark to clear fallen trees from late June storm. It was said that these animals could go where heavy machinery couldn't be used without doing too much damage to good trees. As well, the horses don't compact the soil the way machinery does and this allows native vegetation to come back more quickly. Of course if you've driven through Amish country in Ohio, Indiana or Pennsylvania, you've seen carriage and plow horses still very much in use.
The story is related to WWI and it was interesting. I saw the video, War Horses of WWI like a documentary. Another one more of a movie type based on a soldier's love of a horse and its trek through WWI. This is not about "Warrior" a famous horse of a WWI general(in that movie). The stories got me and rather the true sad ending besides battle injuries and the care they would have gotten. However, after the war many were slaughtered in order to feed POWs and provide the French populace a source of meat. These are horses that made it through the battles or work details they provided. Think about it, going through everything a war can have and then be treated as "horse meat" and lead to your death by the soldiers you fought for. Maybe, I'm too humane and see this side of WWI as a poor tribute. Of course, at least 25k or more were retained to remain in the war corps. Others were returned to England/UK or sold to European concerns(allies). These horses were mostly a British side of the story and at least 125K were needed before BEF got to the battlefront.
Ironically, as I see it the Germans during WWII relied greatly on horses. Even though much is made of the mechanized side of WWII, horses became a large 2ndary source of transportation of supplies and material.
I just thought is was interesting reading and decent movies. FYI- Warrior, lived until 32yrs old and with his famous general too, retired to the Isle of White after WWI -----Willy