Published: 04/08/2020 By Allan Fuller
There was the same arrangement for Wimbledon Hill from 1908 up to1939, the most famous being a shire Horse called Jack, the photo shows him helping quite a small horse with a load that looks as if it was heavy on flat ground let alone up a steep hill. They certainly were not the good old days for working horses.
Trace horses were set up by charities, presumably some small charge was made to the person hiring the trace horse.
There is a theory that the expression kicking over the traces’ is derived from this practice if there was a skitch horse, but it does sound a bit far fetched!