Today’s Horse Facts: The New Forest Pony

The New Forest Pony 1

The New Forest pony and related crossbreeds are still the “working pony of choice” for local farmers and commoners, as their sure-footedness, agility, and sound sense will carry them safely across the varied and occasionally hazardous terrain of the open forest. New Forest ponies also are used today for show jumping, cross-country, dressage, driving, and eventing. Let’s see how you do in today’s T/F quiz:

  1. The New Forest pony’s height varies from around  48 inches to 58 inches.
  2. The New Forest pony is indigenous to the New Forest in Hampshire in southern England.
  3. The New Forest ponies are most commonly bay, chestnut, or grey.
  4. The New Forest pony is a registered breed.
  5. New Forest ponies cannot carry adults.
  6. Stallions don’t need to be registered New Foresters and are allowed to run free all year round.
  7. New Forest ponies have a stubborn temperament.
  8. The well-bred New Forester displays free, straight movement, plenty of bone, strong quarters, and good depth of body.
  9. The New Forest pony is one of the recognized mountain and moorland or native pony breeds of the British Isles.
  10. The New Forest ponies can be trained to carry handicapped riders.

The New Forest Pony 2

Let me know if you got at least eight of these questions correct. If so, then you are an New Forest pony expert! Here are the answers:

  1. T
  2. T
  3. T
  4. T
  5. F   The New Forest pony can carry adults.
  6. F   Stallions must be registered New Foresters and are not allowed to run free all year round.
  7. F   New Forest ponies have a gentle temperament and a reputation for intelligence, strength, and versatility.
  8. T
  9. T
  10. T

Well, do you know your horse facts about New Forest ponies? If you want to learn more, look up these other websites for you to check up on additional facts about the beautiful New Forest pony breed:$file/Ponies.pdf

(All information in this blog is referenced from the above websites)

Happy riding!


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