Myths and Misconceptions of Pit Ponies

Pit ponies went blind working in the dark for so long

Blindness in pit ponies is not recorded as being any higher than amongst other working horses, and the pit was not allowed to use blind ponies. Perhaps this idea came about from people watching how the ponies behaved when first brought up from underground. Perhaps at first they appeared to behave as though they were blind because it would take them a while to get used to daylight after living in the low light levels of a mine. To read more strange myths and misconceptions, follow the pdf. provided by the National Coal Mining Museum for England below:

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