Horses for courses The Douglas Horse Trams (douglas horsetramway.im) are a family favourite and have been clip-clopping
up and down the Isle of Man Promenade since 1876.
IF you've walked along Cardiff's Castle Street of an evening and wondered where the sound of laughter and clip-clopping
coconut horseshoes was coming from: don't be alarmed.
At a steady five miles an hour Mr Jim McEnaney, above, has spent the last 22 years working with horses like Billy, a five year-old shire clip-clopping
their way as the lorries trundle past.
The singing, dancing, elaborate costume changes and clip-clopping
with coconut shells are taken care of by the cast.
Once upon a time, Little Gruff DJ went clip-clopping
to her work, talking on the radio and telly, and was confronted by the first troll.
A horse-drawn wagon was very popular for a trip around the common accompanied by the clip-clopping
of the large horses.
But even if that was certainly true it still wasn't hard to imagine how exciting it must have been for villagers in places as remote as Karlyk, Karain and TaE-kynpaE-a to hear those particular donkeys clip-clopping
into town bringing news from the outside world in the days before television that are now almost inconceivable to us.
The piano sets up a clip-clopping
motion and then paints the text at the breakout and run down the street with short accented figures and smooth triplets and running sixteenths.
The sound of leather, brass and chains, the clip-clopping
of hooves pulling our passenger-laden dray never fails to turn heads and draw big smiles and a cheery wave.
But, in the jagged city, they still see crouched in the doorway the Irishcapped beggar, blowing melody into his penny whistle for the indifferent throng passing over him - led by the clip-clopping
of the high-heeled women in camel coats, who link arms to enter each shop like an invading army.
Suddenly, there is a hushed silence in the crowd when a light clip-clopping
of hooves is heard.
In much the same way as a monocle wearing toff, clip-clopping
to the Queen Vic on horseback wouldn't fit in with the EastEnders aesthetic.