Before the widespread adoption of the automobile, the horse industry played a significant role in transportation, agriculture, and other aspects of daily life.
Horses were used as draft animals to pull carts, wagons, and other vehicles, and were also used for transportation, either as riding horses or as horses pulling carriages or coaches. The horse industry included breeding, training, and selling horses for these purposes, as well as the production of horse-drawn vehicles and related equipment.
In agriculture, horses were used to plow fields, haul crops, and perform other tasks. They were also used in mining and other industries to move heavy loads.
Horses were also used for leisure activities, such as riding and horse racing. Equestrian sports, such as polo and fox hunting, were popular among the wealthy.
The horse industry was a significant contributor to the economy, and the care and management of horses was a major part of daily life in many communities. With the advent of the automobile, the horse industry declined in importance, although it still exists today in a smaller form.