Four main types of in­juries pit ponies in­curred:

Cape Breton Post - - Glace Bay / New Waterford & Area -

Painful scruff­ing of their heads against low beams which ripped the flesh and re­quired the vet to stitch it up, some­times even in­sert­ing a steel plate.

In­juries be­cause of hastily pre-pared roadbeds — horse’s feet would get stuck and coal boxes would run into them and break their legs.

In­juries caused by the tight spa­ces — horses rubbed their shoul­ders raw un­til they fes­tered. Be­lieve it or not the most ef­fec­tive treat­ment would be coat­ing them with kerosene oil. This re­sulted in many more horses be­ing saved. ‰

Great­est dan­ger to horses - pulling the coal cars down­hill. More hu­mane and sen­si­ble driv­ers ‘spragged the wheel’ by plac­ing a short pole be­tween the iron spokes of one wheel for brak­ing. A bro­ken neck or bro­ken legs were of­ten avoided by do­ing this.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.