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New Forest Ponies

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New Forest Ponies

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New Forest Ponies

Around 3,000 ponies can be found wandering freely in the New Forest, Hampshire, and the sound of their high-pitched whinnies and hooves on grass have echoed through the area for many years. Canute’s Forest Law confirms that wild horses were present there in as early as 1016. Although they appear wild today, they are in fact owned by the 400 or so Commoners who have the right to graze the horses on the forest land. The current breed of pony – predominantly brown, grey or chestnut – was deliberately created in the late 19th century, with characteristics being a long head, short neck and narrow body. The animals are valued for being intelligent, willing, docile and friendly, and so became known as a good children’s pony in the reign of James I, and remain so today. The ponies have actually shaped the look of the forest with their close cropping of the grass during the summer and their browsing of the gorse and holly in the winter.

Photo: Martin O'Neill/New Forest National Park  www.newforestnpa.gov.uk

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the landscape in the forest would not be the same without them

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