Pit Ponies, Working Life

Horses used for riding or other work have to be broken-in, and pit ponies also needed to become used to being handled and harnessed. The horse keeper might spend a few days preparing them for the type of work and conditions underground. The pony was trained to wear a harness and pull tubs along rails. The horse keeper might also try to get the pony used to noise and darkness, but this type of training was not common. To learn more about the training and preparation for the pit ponies, follow the pdf. provided by the National Coal Mining Museum for England below:

Pit pony working life

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