If you are looking for a pony ideal for child or adult - versatile, kind temperament, intelligent and agile - then consider the New Forest Pony. This British Native pony is certainly proving its worth so read on to discover why. There is no minimum height (they do come small) and the upper limit is 148cm. It comes in all colours except piebald, skewbald and blue-eyed cream. In order to be recognized by the breed society, the pony must be registered with the New Forest Pony Breeding and Cattle Society based in Bransgore, Hampshire who issue a green passport. The society holds an annual Stallion and Breed Show where performance tests for stallions, mares and geldings are carried out. There is also grading for both Forest Bred mares and those from studs.
The ponies conceived and born on the New Forest are known as Forest Bred. These tough ponies live out in all weather, mixing with the free roaming cattle, donkeys and occasional pigs, absorbing valuable experiences in their formative months. Sadly, in spite of the speed limit of 40 mph many are killed by the relentless traffic. They have the right of way on the roads and lanes but all too often the motorist or lorry driver does not give them priority.
At Beaulieu Road Saleyard auction sales of New Forest Registered ponies are held from May to November. The auctions have two Pre-sale Shows per year, youngstock in the spring and foals in the autumn. The classes are judged by a top list show judge and these show ponies when auctioned can expect to reach sums near the 800 gns mark.
New Forest Ponies form the very successful New Forest Pony Enthusiasts Club, affiliated to the British Riding Clubs. It is unique in that it is the only club in the country dedicated to one breed of pony, competing against the far bigger horse breeds and winning nationally.
There is normally a large selection of New Forest ponies in the NFED Classifieds. Click on the button below to see the current list of ads in the 14.2 & under category. Others may be available as foals, youngstock, projects or for loan, so it is always worth checking the other categories
The New Forest Pony & Commoning
The New Forest you see today is the result of hundreds of years of animals grazing and browsing the rough heathland and woodland of an area between Southampton and Bournemouth. This in turn has produced a hardy, thrifty, surefooted pony which, when broken in, is able to perform successfully in practically all disciplines of the horse world. Because it has co-existed with humans and their trappings for so many years the New Forest Pony has an ideal temperament which makes it easy to train. The height ranges from under 122 cm (12 hh) to a maximum 148 cm (14.2 hh) and all colours (subject to scrutiny) except piebald, skewbald or blue-eyed cream are permitted. Most (but not all) of the ponies on the New Forest have long pedigrees and are registered with the New Forest Pony Breeding and Cattle Society.
THE PONIES: SOME QUESTIONS AND THEIR ANSWERS
AREN'T THEY WILD?
HOW DO YOU FIND THEM?
HOW DO YOU KNOW ONE FROM ANOTHER?
WHY CAN'T WE FEED THEM?
WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM?
SICK OR INJURED ANIMALS
Further information can be found on these websites:
Not every pony that comes from the New Forest
is a pure bred New Forest pony?
If you have a genuine New Forest pony, you may need to prove its breed and unless it is registered with the NF Pony Breeding Society, this is very difficult. (In fact it may not be possible.) Amongst the mandatory identifying requirements included in this NF Pony Breed passport will be the pedigree. These details are supported by the entry in the Society’s Stud book proving its breeding.
If you buy a New Forest foal make sure it has the correct registration application form which can then be presented to the NFPB & CS for the breed passport. Likewise, if you buy a “New Forest Pony”, the NFPB & CS green passport will verify it’s breeding.
So what is gained by having the NFPB & CS passport? Perhaps you wish to enter the pony in a Mountain and Moorland Show Class. For this you will need to prove its true breed.
With this passport, the pony is of greater value. It is a New Forest Pony which when bred from will continue the bloodline. Its progeny, depending on the Society’s requisite criteria for the breed, can then be registered in the Stud book and these NF ponies are not lost to the breed.
For further information contact:-
The New Forest Pony Breeding &
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