When one thinks of horse drawn carriages in funeral processions, images of royal or presidential funerals may come to mind. However, horse drawn carriages have been in existence since the seventeenth century and were the only means of transporting caskets until the invention of the motorized hearse in the early twentieth century. The first documented occasion of a horse drawn funeral carriage was in London in 1648 for the burial of Thomas Rainsborowe, a Vice-Admiral in the Royal Navy.


The rise in use of horse drawn carriages in both England and the United States during the nineteenth century was due to what is known as the “Rural Cemetery Movement”. The concept of rural cemeteries was forged from overcrowding in churchyard cemeteries. People began building cemeteries wherever they could find land, usually on the outskirts of town. Often, the cemeteries were of considerable distance from the church, which created the problem of transporting the casket to the cemetery. This problem gave birth to the horse drawn funeral carriage. It was customary at that time to use a black carriage with black horses for adult funerals while white carriages and horses were used for the funerals of children.

After the invention of motorized funeral coaches in the early 1900’s, the use of horse drawn carriage services began to decline. However, the funeral of President John F. Kennedy, in which a horse drawn funeral carriage was utilized, caused a renewed interest in the use of carriage services. Presently, one can find numerous companies offering horse drawn carriage services. It is seen as a symbol of beauty, elegance, and distinction and as a way to express the importance and value of the cherished life being honored.

What kind of care should be given for horses dental care

Dental care is an essential component for people but it is also an important element for animals. Horses are known for having large sets of teeth but aging is among the causes for dental quality decline. Before choosing the right dental service, check that they have a professional dental web design.

Most people don’t realize horses need dental treatment, below are some of the warning signs to look for and measures to take when caring for a horse’s oral health:

Warning signs

  1. Enlarged Jaw or bumps on the side of the face/mouth.
  2. Long unfinished pieces of food (hay).
  3. Loss of weight.
  4. Bleeding occurring from the mouth.


Measures to provide dental care for horses

  1. Regular checkups

The first line of defense is to have a regular checkup program. Depending on the age of the horse, once a month is an adequate time frame but could be more if the horse is older( 18 years and above). Things to look for include: Abnormal wear, Jaw balance and tooth loosening.


  1. Specialist consultation

Regardless of how well the horse is looked after, professional assistance should always be consulted. Specialists study and are trained in the field of oral cavity diseases to treat, provide diagnosis and prevent any aliments the animal might be going through. Horses have a specific type of dentist known as an Equine dentist.


Dental care is an important part of a healthy existence. The above considerations should assist in providing the necessary dental care for your horse.