Farmer Abbott’s barnyard animals (1): Coal-fired the flatulent draught horse.

 When farmer Abbott took over the farm he had a number of barnyard animals. One was a draught horse called  Coal-fired who had been with the family for years, from the days before modern technology invaded the rural landscape. The trouble with Coal-fired was that he suffered from what the vet turned “equine flatulence”: he farted a lot, and something terrible at that. This was making it increasingly difficult for whoever had to work with him as walking behind a flatulent draught horse is not the best way to spend your working day. There were better and more efficient and less odorous ways of doing the ploughing and harvesting but Farmer Abbott decided to stick with Coalfired despite the flatulence.

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