shank's pony

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shank's pony

One's legs and feet, used for walking; travel by foot. Also "shanks' pony." A reference to the shank—the lower leg between the knee and the ankle—and the use of ponies or horses for travel. My bicycle fell apart three miles away from home, so I had to use shank's pony to go the rest of the way. Unfortunately, with the sedentary lifestyle many lead today, shank's pony has largely become an obsolete mode of travel.
See also: pony
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They are Muldoon's Picnic, a Lancashire crumbly, Shanks Pony, a Lancashire creamy, How's Yer Father, a Lancashire tasty, and Smelly Apeth, a medium soft blue.
They are Muldoons Picnic, a Lancashire crumbly; Shanks Pony, a Lancashire creamy; How''s Yer Father, a Lancashire Tasty and Smelly Apeth, a specially formulated medium soft blue.
Few people had cars, the main mode of transport for the working man being shanks pony, a bicycle or public transport.
Crayford next and a trappy three-open card where the fact that Rathcormac Star is back in trap six in the 9pm over 380m hurdles means he makes most appeal for punting purposes, while Shanks Pony is the suggestion for those who cannot let a pretty dire Henlow card go by without having an interest.
To say riding isn't dangerous would be tempting fate with a vengeance but, while all forms of transport are inherently risky, when four legs were the only alternative to Shanks Pony, I doubt if deaths and injuries were on par with present-day road carnage.