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The legend of the Kerry Bog Pony by Aidan Coleman Lyrics: Chris Foley

Soft through your favourite childhood dreams
Their faerie hoofbeats chime
Kerry Bog Ponies drift in view
From out the mists of time.

In quaking bogs unerringly
Would always give the lead-
And bring you safely through the mire-
This small and dainty steed.

Tireless this little friend
would work through every day
And dine on gorse and heathertops
To save the farmer's hay.

But flaxen manes and tails it seems
and coats like eastern spices
Or silver greys could not outshine
Mechanical devices.

Abandoned, lost, neglected waifs
They felt the butcher's knife
The lovely creatures almost lost
Their flimsy hold on life.

Till all at once a kindly man
Whose name you may recall
Decided he would prove their worth
upon a mountain tall.

With fearless hearts undaunted
On Kerry's cliffs so bleak
They proved to all that they could scale
McGillacuddy's Reeks.

With gleaming stars upon each head
and moonbeams in their eyes
What pet's they'd make! it was agreed
For children of all size!

So Kerry Bog Ponies have survived
Descended from the band
Still here to bring us heart's delight
In fairest Kerry's land!



Taken at the same place as the Irish Wolfhound, here is a Kerry Bog Pony. The Kerry Bog Pony is a very old Mountain and Moorland breed of pony originating in Ireland, and traditionally used for hauling peat from the bogs, as well as for general work on small holdings. The breed has a reputation for gentle temperament and versatility, originally used as a small draft animal during the week but also to drive a family to church on Sunday.

I know, before you say it, the tip of the nose has been cut off - I just could not entice it to stop chewing the fence so gave up and took the shot anyway! I love its gentle expression behind that tangle of mane. Textures added for enhancement.

Thank you again for all your wonderful comments on the Irish Wolfhound.

Carol

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon Powershot SX20 IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:12 Mar 2012 - 11:48 AM
Focal Length:14.2mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Kerry Bog Pony
Username:gingerdelight gingerdelight
Uploaded:26 Mar 2012 - 7:10 PM
Tags:Animal, Bog, Equine, Hair, Horse, Kerry, Mane, Peat, Pets / captive animals, Pony
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Alvar
Alvar  7 France2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2012 - 7:31 PM

Great shot and great narrativeSmileSmileSmile
Alvar

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2012 - 7:48 PM

wonderful words carol stunning image very very nice one Wink
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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
26 Mar 2012 - 8:00 PM

Agree with Andy, Thank You for the poemSmileSmileSmile
Cor.

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danbrann e2 Member 10474 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2012 - 8:04 PM

An apt image for the narrative Carol.

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Brian65
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26 Mar 2012 - 8:11 PM

Great image and write up, thanks Carol.SmileSmile
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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2012 - 8:39 PM

Thought this might be yours after The Irish wolfhound.Lovely pony. Will print poem and read later.
We saw some eriskay ponies when we were in The Outer Hebrides.Incidentally We have two daughters called Kerry and Clare.their hair is a bit better kept than your lovely pony.GrinKate

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pdcche  4 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2012 - 8:58 PM

Great write up, lovely image with good detail.. Peter

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mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2012 - 9:24 PM

Another astonishing image from you Carol.
My wife with your last upload,
and now we have her sister here !!
Still,I feel lucky that I married the good looking one !!
Mick.

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SlowSong e2 Member 64566 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2012 - 10:15 PM

A sweetie. Gorgeous image.
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7139 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2012 - 6:26 AM

A shame about the bottom of the muzzle being missing, Carol, but if a horse must eat, a horse must eat Grin Well captured and presented. Carol

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ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2012 - 7:08 AM

A great image..
Love the effect...
Well done...

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EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2012 - 11:43 AM

Shame about his nose but the rest of the detail is so good and your magic treatment just perfect.
Will read the poem later.
Joan.

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DanielD  4 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2012 - 1:30 PM

Stunning - superb write up - and beautiful processed

Daniel

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digital_boi
28 Mar 2012 - 10:29 AM

good work

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TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2012 - 3:51 PM

A beautiful shot, Carol...love its hairdo! Wink
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