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The Poles

The most extraordinary example of stabling horses in cold weather occurred in Greenland in 1912, when Danish explorer Johan Peter Koch led a party of four men and sixteen horses across the frozen interior of that nation. After arriving at the spot chosen for that night’s camp, the men would construct a snow stable (above) by digging a hole down into the snow just large enough to allow the ponies to stand close together for warmth. A tarpaulin would then be placed overhead and secured in place. In this way the animal’s body heat was retained within their little underground igloo.

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Polar Ponies
Mounted man has been riding through winter weather for centuries. But the story of how horses were used to explore the Arctic Circle and Antarctica has been largely ignored or misinterpreted. An extract from “T
he Encyclopaedia of Equestrian Exploration” explains how meat-eating Siberian horses accomplished remarkable feats in the frozen lands at the top and bottom of the Earth. The photo shows Tom Crean and Teddy Evans alongside the horses used to explore Antarctica in 1912.


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