Janet Nowotynski

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Pit ponies in their underground stables, South Wales, 24 June 1931. Pit ponies in their underground stables, South Wales, 24 June 1931. Photograph by James Jarche (1891-1965).

Pit ponies in their underground stables, South Wales, 24 June 1931. Pit ponies in their underground stables, South Wales, 24 June 1931. Photograph by James Jarche (1891-1965).

THE WORKING HORSE: PIT PONIES - Do you know about the equines that worked in coal mines world-wide from the late 18th century up until just recently? These “Pit Ponies” - - horses, ponies, mules and donkeys - - lived out their lives entirely underground in the coal mine, and many never saw the light of day. They are yet another testament to the innate willingness of equines to please, regardless of the hardships involved. I often wonder … is there anything they will ...

“Pit ponies of the coal mines are easily the most controversial working horses in history. Here a mining horse poses with his coworkers. In the mechanization eliminated pit ponies altogether.” ~the horse: "ya, im a pit pony. whatcha gonna do?

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