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Every town and village had a blacksmith who made horse shoes, fixed and made farm equipment like machinery and farm gates and repaired anything you wanted. Now like everything else sensible and sedate and noble, they seem to be confined to the history books for ever.
But why is my cry. I was reading recently (probably Google) that it was quicker to get round London in the 1830's with a horse and carriage, than it is today with a car. Interesting what?
Now we live in these days of rising fuel costs and we are often reminded of climate change, carbon footprints and global warming. Is the time coming when the horse can come back to work the land, even transport goods and people? There are horse drawn trams in the Isle of man and boats are used to pull narrow boat cruises on some of Britain's canals.
I have a little Ford 3000 tractor. She's called Anna Ford (named after the news presenter and she is a Ford) and I wouldn't really want to part with her. She's even mentioned in my book. However, I wonder if it would be possible to purchase a pony and cart and use it around the farm and to get about?
The only thing what puts me off is the crazy speed limits on Irish rural roads. Eighty kilometres an hour. Which is about 50mph in English mileage terms. Would motorists slow down or would they frighten the horse/pony to death? Would I be able to source a mobile farrier that is reliable and doesn't want a hundred quid (Euros) every few months to put factory made shoes on it?
Problems, problems. Does anybody know how to make a rural time machine? It would make life a lot easier.
Any thoughts on horse transport please?