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New Forest Pony

Country of Origin: England

New Forest Pony

Image from ipresents


Wild ponies have been roaming the New Forest on the coast of southwest Hampshire in England for as long as anyone can remember & this is an ancient northern pony breed.

New Forest Pony

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The first recorded mention of the New Forest was on a shard of English pottery that dates back to the 1st century AD. Unfortunately since then records of them have been spotty and poorly maintained, however they remain known for their supreme strength & sure-footedness. Periodically Thoroughbred & Arabian blood was added to refine appearance and add height.

In 1891 the Society for the Improvement of New Forest Ponies was formed and gathered a number of suitable stallions to run wild in the forest, the majority of this breed came under their care. Not long later in 1906 the Burley & District New Forest Pony & Cattle Breeding Society founded to register mares & young stock. The first stud book was published in 1910 & the idea was to use stallions of a variety of other native breeds were used until 1930 when the book was closed to outside breeds.

Today there are more private breeders outside the forest and the breed is becoming popular worldwide.


Average height 12 – 14.2 hands


Head is pony in type and well set
Shoulder is long & sloped
Body is deep
Legs are straight with good joints
Hooves are round & hard

Traditional Colors

All solid colors


Intelligent & docile

New Forest Pony

Image from Eponimm


Equestrian sports
Riding pony
Driving pony

New Forest Pony Products

Helpful Links

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New Forest Pony Breeding & Cattle Society
New Forest Pony Association & Registry
New Forest Livestock Society
New Forest Pony Society of North America
New Forest Equine Directory
New Forest Pony Association of Australia
New Forest Pony Owners & Breeders

Where to Buy

New Forest Pony Breeding & Cattle Society

New Forest Pony Studs

New Forest Pony Society of North America
Farriers New Forest Ponies


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Country of Origin: England | Colors:
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