The barouche was an open four-wheeled carriage. Early models, although heavy, were very popular because they were low to the ground and easy to climb into without a step. It demanded at least four to six strong horses to pull it along. Although primarily a fashionable summer vehicle, it did have a hood that could be pulled up to protect the passengers riding in the open carriage from rain. There was also a knee flap that could be used for further cover.