THESE SMALL, STURDY, shaggy black ponies make the pastures between the river and
railway at Dudfleet, Horbury, seem remote; I’d expect to see a little herd like this
on Exmoor or in Iceland. The rough land around here was known as Horbury Shrogges
in the medieval period and it gets a mention in the Second Shepherd’s Play in the
Wakefield cycle of Mystery Plays as the sort of place you might lose some of your
flock. There’s a heathy area in Sherwood Forest known as Clipstone Shrogges.
I guess that these black ponies would feel at home in the medieval Calder Valley.