Tag Archives: mare

New Forest: autumn activity, tradition and festival

Autumn is always a busy season for farmer, smallholder and commoner alike. It is also a time of ritual, tradition, and festival that reminds us of our connection to the natural or, indeed, supernatural world. Michaelmas, which signals the end … Continue reading

Posted in New Forest, New Forest customs, Pannage season | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on New Forest: autumn activity, tradition and festival

New Forest: barter rather than dump unwanted produce

Without a doubt we live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. The autumnal mists in the early mornings of late add more than a touch of picturesque atmosphere to the landscape, as they weave their slivery … Continue reading

Posted in New Forest, New Forest pony | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on New Forest: barter rather than dump unwanted produce

New Forest: impressive stallion pedigree

I recently had a chance to observe the stallion running in the area where my mares shade. He was chasing off a particularly annoying gelding and his harem of approximately 40 mares, some with foals at foot, was looking on … Continue reading

Posted in New Forest, New Forest pony, New Forest Stallion | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on New Forest: impressive stallion pedigree

Some stallion stories

To celebrate the commencement of the New Forest pony breeding season, which runs from 15th May until 19th June 2017, and is when licensed stallions are released to run with the free-roaming Forest mares, I thought that I would take … Continue reading

Posted in New Forest, New Forest Stallion | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Some stallion stories

New Forest: newborn foals and spring arrive together

The past few weeks of visiting the New Forest to check on my free-roaming mares have been a reminder to all my senses of just how glorious a place this is. The sound of the cuckoo, skylark and lapwing in … Continue reading

Posted in New Forest, New Forest pony | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on New Forest: newborn foals and spring arrive together

New Forest Stallion Areas 2017

New Forest Stallion Turnout Areas 2017 Each year stallions are released onto the Open Forest to run with the free-roaming mares and sire the next generation of New Forest pony. The stallions are carefully selected by the Verderer’s of the … Continue reading

Posted in New Forest, New Forest Stallion | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on New Forest Stallion Areas 2017

New Forest: itchy, scratchy, lousy!

I went for a walk this week, in a part of the Forest that I don’t usually visit. I wanted to see if the bluebells had bloomed, so went on a route that took in one of the Forestry Commission … Continue reading

Posted in New Forest, New Forest pony | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on New Forest: itchy, scratchy, lousy!

New Forest: C19th Verderers on pony-buying spree

In early March 1887, the Verderers Court met to discuss Forest issues, chief among these was how best to improve the breeding of New Forest ponies with special reference to the procuring of stallions, purchased by the Verderers, for use … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on New Forest: C19th Verderers on pony-buying spree

New Forest: outwitted by a greedy pony!

I went to visit a commoning friend of mine recently while they were feeding hay to the cows in one of their fields, and thought I could be of some assistance by opening and closing the gate for them. Ordinarily … Continue reading

Posted in New Forest, New Forest cattle, New Forest pony | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on New Forest: outwitted by a greedy pony!

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

Posted in New Forest, New Forest pony | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on New Forest: lost a pony and found a stallion