Tag Archives: foals

New Forest: lost a pony and found a stallion

This week (May 2016) I found one of my mares that I hadn’t seen in a while. The Agister had seen her. Other commoners had seen her. Possibly many visitors –walkers, cyclists, horse riders, bird watchers etc. – had seen … Continue reading

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New Forest: stallion-silly-season

I was pleased to see that British astronaut, Major Tim Peake, had posted images of the south coast from the International Space Station, circling 404km (251miles) above the Earth. It clearly showed the area of the New Forest and the … Continue reading

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New Forest: pony breeding through the ages.

Anticipation is mounting across the Forest, as the annual Stallion Inspection approaches. Owners will currently be working with their ponies to ensure that they are prepared for the show ring and can walk and trot whilst being led and are … Continue reading

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New Forest: that’s what pony friends are for!

If you have been out on the New Forest recently (July 2015) you may have noticed that the free-roaming ponies seem to be doing a lot of ‘mutual grooming’. Two ponies will stand next to one another and scratch or … Continue reading

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New Forest: pony mares go boy mad!

This week (May 2015) the stallions are let loose on the Open Forest to run with the mares. Regular visitors to the New Forest will notice a change in mood among the herds of wild ponies. For the four weeks … Continue reading

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Stallions on the New Forest

There has been a lot of excitement on the New Forest recently due to the stallions being released onto the Open Forest. This is an annual event and, this year (2014), ten male ponies have been turned out to run … Continue reading

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New Forest: picnics and ponies

The late spring and early summer is a much favoured time of the year for many Forest dwellers and visitor alike. It is the time when the lushness of nature returns to the Forest, our migratory birds have again taken … Continue reading

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Going under cover at the Beaulieu Road Pony Sales

I haven’t visited the Beaulieu Road Sales in a long while and was pleasantly surprised by the improvements that have taken place in my absence. The first thing that greeted me as I crested the railway bridge on the road … Continue reading

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Pony Drifts: round-ups New Forest style

For me, one of the most exciting activities held on the New Forest has to be the series of annual round-ups known as ‘drifts’.  The objective at these round-ups are to sort out the ponies either for removal from the forest, … Continue reading

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