RE: Reply to thread 'And the miners thought they had it bad!'
From: Roy Peckham (email@example.com)
Sent: 04 July 2010 19:36:09
To: 'Midlands Heritage Forum' (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We would really appreciate better copies if possible. Not aware of any pit ponies working in the UK. However lots of rumors abound about re-opening small scale mining in our area. Lots of Pit Ponies working all around the world still. It's a skill we exported widely.
Roy Peckham Tel; ***** ****** / ***** ******
We have posted a few 5 min videos at YouTube - Pitponyman's Channel
for your enjoyment/information.
One-day there will be a permanent home for the Welsh Pit Ponies. It will have mature trees to provide shade from the summer sun, a babbling brook will cascade down into pools of clear water to drink long and cool from on hot summer days, It will have a good range of buildings to stable old bones on cold winter nights. It will be easily accessible so anyone who wants to will be able to visit the Ponies.
To help make this a reality please visit;
The Pit Pony Sanctuary Pontypridd Sponsor a pit pony - home page Welsh Pit Ponies Centre - home page
to find out how you can help us help them.
Registred Charity No 1002933
Fforest Uchaf Horse & Pony Centre & Pit Pony Sanctuary.
Penycoedcae, Pontypridd. RCT Wales UK. CF37 1PS
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Sent: 04 July 2010 19:08
Subject: Reply to thread 'And the miners thought they had it bad!'
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Very interesting pics. There is a book called Underground life by Simonin it has a plate of the terrified pony hanging below the cage. The book is from the end of the 1800s. Nothing much changed did it. Any chance of a good quality copy of your pictures & text. We are a small Charity the Pit Pony Sanctuary and have a few Welsh Pit Ponies with us. They all worked in small private drift mines so luckily didnt have to endure the trip down the shaft. We are still working to get the practice of using Pit Ponies outlawed. We posted petitions on the three UK Government websites thay have all recently closed. The Scottish MSPs have just voted for Scotland to look into it. The English are very quiet and say nothing. The Welsh are taking advice from the Minister for Rural Affairs. We hope she prefers Pit Ponies to Badgers. We have a page on Facebook with some links to some little videos of 1990's Pit Ponies. Search facebook for pit ponies.
The copy of the leaflet wasn't too good as you can imagine due to its age
As it wasn't mine I just scanned it for my use, but if you require could try & get a better image. Also it included a poem by W. Wilson called "Our Humble Brother of the Mine"- will see if I can find the copy & post it too if required.
Any idea how many ponies are still working in mines?
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