In Praise Of The Kerry Bog Pony. (Bracken Shows off his new bridle)
That's a photograph of 2 very rare Kerry Bog Ponies. They live at the Kerry Bog Village in county Kerry. There was only about twenty left in the 1980's in the whole of Ireland. They used to be used for drawing the peat (the "Turf") from the peat bogs. Now due to mechanization (yet again) on the farm and smallholding they have been made redundant. The British also used them to carry ammunitions and provisions during the Napoleonic wars. They are said to have a very good temperament and there's a great website with a video of them. Just type: Kerry Bog Village.
I wonder if I could train Bracken our Shetland Pony to help me round the farm? He seems quite happy at the moment living with the heifers and bullocks just eating the grass and looking very philosophical.
Here's Bracken: We bought him the bridle for just 5 Euros and he does looks very posh.