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Kerry Bog Pony

By gingerdelight    
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.


Tags: Horse Animal Hair Kerry Bog Pony Equine Peat Mane Pets and captive animals

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Alvar 11 23 2 France
26 Mar 2012 7:31PM
Great shot and great narrativeSmileSmileSmile

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andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2012 7:48PM
wonderful words carol stunning image very very nice one Wink
Cor 9 Belgium
26 Mar 2012 8:00PM
Agree with Andy, Thank You for the poemSmileSmileSmile
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
26 Mar 2012 8:04PM
An apt image for the narrative Carol.
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2012 8:11PM
Great image and write up, thanks Carol.SmileSmile
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2012 8:39PM
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
pdcche 7 4 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2012 8:58PM
Great write up, lovely image with good detail.. Peter
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
26 Mar 2012 9:24PM
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 !!
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
26 Mar 2012 10:15PM
A sweetie. Gorgeous image.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
27 Mar 2012 6:26AM
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
ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2012 7:08AM
A great image..
Love the effect...
Well done...

9 10 10 England
27 Mar 2012 11:43AM
Shame about his nose but the rest of the detail is so good and your magic treatment just perfect.
Will read the poem later.
DanielD 8 1 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2012 1:30PM
Stunning - superb write up - and beautiful processed

28 Mar 2012 10:29AM
good work

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
28 Mar 2012 3:51PM
A beautiful shot, its hairdo! Wink
Trev Smile

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