Harnessed: colliery horses in Wales
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The lives of colliery horses and ponies are revealed with original, historic photographs and in the miners’ own words. Colliery horses once powered the coal-mining industry. Yet many people felt — and still feel — strongly about their use: animal lovers called their use ‘inhumane’ while the mine owners claimed they were treated as ‘pampered pets’.
This book tells of the suffering and injuries, but also how miners bravely and sometimes even fatally rescued horses from underground disasters. We learn how the horses lived, worked, and died. Above all we learn of the close working bond that existed between the miners and these fascinating animals.