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i would like to rescue a couple of these ponies. i have two already and wondered where i would get information about this. if anybody could help i would be very grateful!
I would 100% advise all horse and pony lovers to take a trip to see the New Forest Ponies. It's a day to be remembered.
I reccoment New Forest Ponies as the perfect all round family pony. I have 2 Foresters. One yet to be broken. My gelding, Whisky is very kind natured, not only do I ride him, being a 5'6'' adult. But also my friends, boyfriend and 4 year old Godson. I bought him as a yearling colt and he has turned out to be a 13.3hh valued and much loved member of my family.
I have a beautiful New Forest pony called Pollyanna which i bought from a dealer as a wild foal, she was taken away from her mother far too young [approx 4 months old] she was dreadfully ill she is now 2 1/2 and she is healthy & so intelligent i am just in the process of breaking her in to ride.
It makes me so sick when these innocent, lovly animals are sold for meat. I have have a thoroughbred ex-race horse (Tynron Doon) a tiny shetland pony (Hercules) and my new forest pony (Pollyanna) and i love them all dearly and it upsets me when humans hurt them because horses are free spirits and deserve to be treated with respect.
I love new forest ponies. Actually I love all ponies. Actually I love all ponies AND horses. I do not have a horse but I do riding lessons. I think I am going to jump soon.
I dont have a horse but I think that they are so clever and I do ride a horse called Taz and I have very thin reins and as I go into trot I shorten the reins and he takes some out so really I am not getting any more reins than I had so I call him Taz the Tazmanian Devil!
Hiya! I have a new forest pony and he is the coolest!!!! He is great to ride and very cheeky with a great personality!!! So every one should love them too!!!! luv becky xxxxxxxx
I have a New Forest pony of my own so it was very interesting to find out all about them.
I love all ponies and was proud to see a site dedicated to all new forest ponies.
Mike Cooper. New Forest Pony Publicity Group
We would fully endorse Richard Stride's comments in all respects. It is sad to read S. Hill's comments, as he is making comments that cannot be justified or proven.
Yes, there may be the odd pony here and there that is a little plain, but one must look at the overall picture concerning how the animals system is geared to coping with natures way.
If the pony was fat in May/June, other problems can be encountered during the breeding and foaling season.
Our group was formed some two years ago, to address the demise of the New Forest Pony, and we are actively engaged in lifting the profile of them throughout the UK by attending major equine events up and down the country.
We are circulating literature and leaflets, as well as attending Agriculteral Colleges in the south.
Our group is made up entirely of practising commoners, who see the need to create a better market for our animals, and are dedicated to that cause.
Finally, I would say to the producers of this programme - not a bad effort. Shame you had to include a piece of unrelated material showing one of the handlers aiming his boot at a mare.
to put the record straight, the mare seen in the clip had just let fly with both boots, and caught the handler fairly and squarly on his body.
I say this to all that read this. Don't make off the cuff comments until you have taken the time to educate yourself fully about how these semi feral ponies live out their lives on the Forest.
We know that there are areas which need improvement, and over the course of the next few years, we will attempt to address many of the problems and concers that the public have.
With a little bit of luck and hard work, we hope to create a brighter and happier future for our wonderful New Forest Pony. Kind regards Mike Cooper
Richard Stride may be genuinely trying to improve the ponies but a big part of the problem is that there are too many greedy commoners who will leave poor quality, old or unthrifty mares on the Forest.
It costs them just a marking fee (£18??) per year and if all they get for a foal is 30 quid from the meat men they are still happy to take the profit. And a good proportion still go for meat as they have been for years and years now.
The commoners should be forced to pay a realistic price to keep stock out over winter so that in severe weather a basic hay ration could be fed.
Many mares are literally skin and bone by mid winter and are still having to find energy to produce foals.
Their condition is a disgrace and if a private owner kept a pony like that they would be prosecuted for neglect! That's the real story Inside out should be investigating.
I have for many years by presentment at the Verderers' Court, advocated just this method of improving the saleability and hardiness of the New Forest pony !
I love horses and I think they should be treated as the same as other ponies,even if they are for slaughter they should be happy and comfy with the time that they have left.
People should realise how easy to train and what lovley riding ponies New Forest Ponies make.
Charlotte Blue Honey age:10
i think that it is a cheak that people traet the animals like this.
i do not have a hourse because i would not be able to look after one properly. i think that if every one thought this then all animals could be treated like they were very important.
i would do any thing to make shore that every houres was treated with respect.
I think the forest should be left as it is because we do not have many of our New Forest ponies and we shouldn't get rid of any more either.