So, let’s say, hypothetically A NUCLEAR WAR KICKS OFF DUE TO PROLONGED INTERNATIONAL TENSION, AND TURNS THE EARTH INTO A BLEAK, HOSTILE WASTELAND. Now, let’s flash forward 197 years, to 2259. By now, humanity has reestablished its presence, and has rebuilt itself up to a mid-19 century-esque style of living. You see, back when that little radioactive party kicked off, a lot of animals didn’t make it. Namely, all Equidae are now extinct.

Now, my question is, how would transportation of goods and people in a 19 century-sequel setting be handled without the utility of horses.

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    $\begingroup$ You know trains already existed im the 19th century, right? $\endgroup$ – Renan May 9 '19 at 23:46
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    $\begingroup$ So, like, bicycles? $\endgroup$ – boxcartenant May 9 '19 at 23:47
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    $\begingroup$ Have you ever read "The Rithmatist"? This 19th century-esque world has "springrails" (trains powered by springworks/gears) and horses made completely out of mechanical gears and parts. $\endgroup$ – TheCentaur May 10 '19 at 0:31
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    $\begingroup$ @Renan is 97% right, trains were invented in 1804 so unless if you are talking about 1800-1803 it won't really work out. Perhaps the solution is just to ask about late 18th century instead of the 19th century. $\endgroup$ – DJ Spicy Deluxe May 10 '19 at 0:43
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    $\begingroup$ Oxen were used many places horses were. They're not good mounts but they do pull stuff. $\endgroup$ – Cyn says make Monica whole May 10 '19 at 0:46

If you are looking for post-apocalyptic barn yard animals

  • Elephants
  • Camels
  • Bison
  • Cows
  • mutated dogs/mastiff

Or if you are looking for another answer for a society that may be shunning modern tech (as it got them killed once already) perhaps you could focus on people power. Along the lines of a bicycle, but what if there was a pedal power car that needed 6 people to pedal in order to move cargo?

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Domesticated riding animals besides equids: oxen, zebu, two types of camel, yaks, water buffalo.

oxen in particular a great for hauling loads, and quite frankly thanks to humans cows are one of the most common species on the planet now, so there is plenty of source stock.

Other partially domesticated animals that might be used for riding, reindeer, ostrich, muskox

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