A Brief History: Pit Ponies

Horses have been used for many years in different industries to help provide power or transportation. Coal mining was no exception, with horses used to transport coal from the pit site to local users.

Horse-powered engines (gins) were commonly used both in agriculture and in mining. They were used in some cases to replace manual winding up and down shafts, the horses being able to lift heavier loads and for longer periods. For the full history of horses in the industry, please follow the pdf. below, provided by the National Coal Mining Museum for England:

Pit ponies brief history

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