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Phari, the Adventures of a Tibetan Pony

Phari is “the highest village in the world”, and it is where Phari the pony lives. He is a Bhutia (Bhutan) pony, and he and his mother are bought by Ta-lung. He turns out to be extremely fast, but he will not be parted from Thunder the mule, and Mr Martin, who buys him, has to buy Thunder too.

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Country Life, 1933, illus K F Barker

Phari is “the highest village in the world”, and it is where Phari the pony lives. He is a Bhutia (Bhutan) pony, and he and his mother are bought by Ta-lung. He turns out to be extremely fast, but he will not be parted from Thunder the mule, and Mr Martin, who buys him, has to buy Thunder too. Mr Martin’s daughter, Mary, falls for Phari, and Phari becomes an excellent polo pony. He is then stolen by Mirzah Khan’s men, and is sold to the British Army to fight on the frontier. He does bravely and well, and eventually finds his way back to Mary.

Many thanks to Amanda Dolby for the picture.

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M E Buckingham