Last Decoration Day, in addition to the customary parades, there were parades of workhorses in which many of the horses wore at their heads the blue, red and yellow ribbons bestowed in recognition of the care and merciful treatment given them by their owners. The latter parades also typified an emancipation—that of the defenseless horse from the overloading, the lashing, the cursing and the rough treatment resulting in sores and bleeding mouths prevalent not many years ago. The change has been brought about by a propaganda against cruelty to horses which has been so effective that now not only are drivers humane in their treatment of these faithful servants, but a genuine pride is taken by owners in keeping their horses sleek-coated, with neatly combed manes and tails, superbly harnessed to handsome trucks and, above all, adequately nourished.
Horses, Women and Children. JAMA. 2013;310(13):1407. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.5341