People didn't just use horses for transportation; they also used them to haul goods to the market, and carry things. Horses were also used for entertainment in the winter time. They would pull sleighs, so people could have sleigh rides. Horses also pulled carriages.
For hard and heavy work, farmers used their draft horses. Draft horses were big and very strong. The owners of the farm looked after their horses and treated them like family. They would give their horses nice names, and names that were similar to their own. The family horse was usually included in the family picture. When names were written on the back, people couldn't tell the horse's name apart from the other family members'.
This picture is of men and a horse cutting ice. One man is sitting on a sleigh. The men's purpose was to cut the ice on ponds and lakes to save for the summertime. Men would cut long strips of ice, and then cut them into smaller blocks. They would put the blocks on the sleigh and take them home to put in the ice house. The blocks of ice were packed in tightly with sawdust to prevent them from melting.
In this photo is a horse and sleigh in front of the Seaside Hotel in Cape Tormentine. There are women and children riding in the sleigh. Some men are getting them settled, and are getting ready to ride. This fits into daily life because people used sleighs in the winter to get around. All sorts of people used the sleigh.