© C. Degueurce - Musée Fragonard de l’École nationale vétérinaire de Maisons-Alfort

Intestinal stone of a horse

The long hours of work for the "tractor horse" occasionally ended without the intake of the amount of water necessary to keep the horse hydrated. Tired and exhausted, the men in charge of the animals did not always have the strength to go fetch water, resulting in horses contracting substantial intestinal stones, which were surely highly painful. However, they had to continue their work each and every day.