http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKFRhFQk ... ata_player
The link sends you to a BBC 4 part doco on the horse in WW1.
Points to remember that weren't fully bought home;
Canada and the USA at one point were sending 6000 horses and mules to Europe through USA ports.
The Indian cavalry were mounted on Australian Walers, some Walers being also purchased by Brtian for use in France. The Otago mounted rifles (NZ) were if France as was a Regt ofAustralian Lighthorse.
Excellent book by Military Vet Offr, "Vets at War" portrays the conditions of France.
Brits, 1 horse for every 3 men with 165k initially for draft duties, by wars end, 475k
German mobilized 750k
Russians in excess of 1 million
USA shipped 6000 mules a week
Aus 139k, which 22k went to desert (none bar 1 came home)
2.5m treated in vet hospitals
Motto on memorial to the animals in war, (Hyde park London), " because they had no choice".