French general Lafayette participated in both the American and French revolutions. One day at the height of the French Revolution a group of his admirers stopped his carriage in the street, unhitched his horses and pulled the vehicle to its destination.
Several weeks later, Lafayette was asked whether he had been pleased by the gesture. "Yes, it was delightful1, delightful, but one thing disturbs me a little," he replied, pausing reflectively. "I never saw anything more of my horses."
It is worthwhile to note that, during the Napoleonic Wars, French soldiers complained that, though they were often hungry, there was always food for Napoleon's favourite horse, Nicoll.