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From the 17th century pit ponies were used on the surface for winding. As the depths of shafts became deeper during the 18th century, pit ponies were also used underground for haulage work. Before the 20th century there were few laws regarding the treatment of ponies but a veterinary surgeon would inspect them three times each year. 

After the 1911 Coal Mines Act the ponies were carefully protected by means of regular medical inspections, good diet and cleaner stables. They were inspected monthly. In North Staffordshire ponies ceased to be used during the 1930ís.

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Pony on the surface Snappin time The last pony Horses parade
Pony on the surface
Snappin' time
The last pony
Horse parade