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New Forest Wildlife - Horses and Ponies


New Forest Guide

Horses in the New Forest
a White Horse in the New Forest
Horses and ponies roam freely in the New Forest - The New Forest ponies are not really wild, more semi-feral . They have owners, who are excersising their commoners rights to graze their animals in the forest. The 3000 odd horses are owned by about 400 commoners.

These horses do live as if they're wild, and are certainly not tame like domestic horses. Take care not to try to pet them, and certainly don't feed them.

Most of the horses in the New Forset are of the New Forest breed, which has not changed much over the Forest's almost 1000 year history. There are some other breeds, such as Shetland Ponies, in smaller numbers.

Six times a year, surplus ponies are rounded up and then sold on at the horse fair near Beaulieu.

The grazing rights and animal welfare of the horses is controlled by a local court of verderers.

All the roads in the New Forest have a maximun speed of 40mph. Excercise great care when driving on the roads in the forest, remember animals can act unpredictably, and they are often on the roads, both day and night.

Good places to see ponies in the New Forest:-

  • Whitefield Moor
  • Emery Down
  • Brockenhurst