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Thread #100552   Message #2023899
Posted By: Gurney
13-Apr-07 - 03:43 AM
Thread Name: BS: Last pit pony dies
Subject: RE: BS: Last pit pony dies
Jack Halyard, are the Oz mines you mention shaft mines or drift mines? Where I come from, drift mines, made by tunnelling more-or-less horizontally into a hillside fault, were mostly worked out generations ago. It would be fairly easy to walk or transport horses out of them. Vertical shaft mines, however, would have meant repeatedly putting the horses on the biggest and fastest lift/elevator in the world. You wouldn't like to be in a mine lift-cage with a panicking horse, and if they were unaccompanied, they could probably hurt themselves. I understand a 'crush' was installed in the cage on the occasions in the past when ponies went to the Bank. A lot of trouble, probably easier to leave them down below. Anyway, in those crueller days, it was normal.