For many years growing up we heard a tale of horses being sold at our family tree nursery in Exeter, New Hampshire. We never heard about horses being kept there, or used there, but there were a few old pieces of horse stuff in the barn. I finally nailed down the source of the story.
I was one of the youngest of the grandchildren, so I never knew just how hard my grandfather worked to provide for his family of six children. Grandfather James A Tufts II bought the farm in 1923. He also sold Ball seeds throughout all of New England and sold cut flowers. he was active with the Grange, Farm Bureau, was a town selectman, and many other things.
Today I found this flyer establishing truth to the legend. What a novel idea. Horses were brought by train to New Hampshire and sold to farmers for work service.