I would like to bring to your attention the art of Jean Victor Adam (1801-66AD) who was bron and active during the tumultuous years of French history - from Empire to kingdom, to republic to Empire in one lifetime - and all his time this was the time of horses (naturally, the steam age was coming fast - with trains and steamships and machines operating in full by his middleage maturity).
Anyway, you can peruse his gallery as corralled at Wiki Commons - and out of many of his prints this one comes to my attention, aptly titled 'The pleasures of horseback riding.'
oj, haven't you experienced some of them in your riding epic ? - :)
and the end of the road for the horse of Jean-Victor days - abattoir and local butcher shop, since famous French cuisine always included and still includes horse meat.