It was just cost

Speaking of default replacements for horses… Outside of city delivery, gas vehicles were the default replacement. And it wasn’t about Innovative Disruption, it was about a HUGE difference in cost.

A logging and lumber company in Rhode Island replaced its three teams of horses…

By this truck, carrying and pulling the same amount of logs…

They analyzed the initial cost and annual cost…

Initial purchase was about the same. The horses required several extra helpers for feeding and crap-cleaning and stable maintenance. Feed alone cost three times as much as gas and oil.

Horses continued to make sense for repetitive route delivery because horses are autonomous vehicles. The mailman or milkman could spend time sorting or billing while the horse did the driving.

Irrelevant sidenote: Look closely at the atrocious ergonomics for the truck driver. His head was jammed inside the roof canvas, his right elbow was limited by the roof ribs so he couldn’t steer properly, he had to scrunch over and eat the steering wheel when he wanted to shift.

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