For more than 250 years horses were used to move goods throughout Liverpool. At their peak more than 20,000 hourses worked on the streets of Liverpool, more than in any other city outside London. The horses did a vital job throughout both World Wars.
It is the boast of Liverpool that the horses employed in the city's industry are the finest in the kingdom, and it is a boast to which it is scarcely possible to take exception.
Guidebook to Liverpool, 1914
"It was a skilled job in a way and you couldn't just send anyone to load a wagon, you know, you'd have to know and learn it from a kid, how to put it on so it wouldn't come off."
"All the family were involved in preparing my father's horse Delighful for the May Parade. Ribbons and Fringes had to be shaped and stiched onto the bridle, collar and breeching buckles and brights had to be polished and leatherwork blacked. The horses were groomed and shined then their manes and tails plated.
The money for the statue was raised by public subscription, unfortunately it is currently surround by temporary fences and building works by the Albert Dock in Liverpool. The above texts are detailed on the base of the statue.
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