Breed Profiles - New Forest Pony

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Find out all about the New Forest Pony, including typical height, colours, conformation, temperament and ideal disciplines

Breed Profiles - New Forest Pony
Breed Profiles - New Forest Pony

New Forest Pony breed summary:

Origin - Britain
Height - Must be smaller than 148cm but are rarely smaller than 122cm
Colour - Any colour except piebald or skewbald, but most are usually dark bay
Conformation - Sloping shoulders, strong muscular hindquarters, strong joints and hard feet
Ideal disciplines - Showing, child's pony, driving, all-rounder

The New Forest Pony originates in Britain and is considered one of the UK’s native breeds. Records date the ponies origins back to 1016 when the rights of common pasture first allowed the New Forest area to be grazed. A stud book was set up in 1903 to monitor breeding but it wasn’t until 1930 when only purebreds were allowed in. Before this, other horse bloodlines were introduced to try and improve the New Forest pony including those of other native ponies (Welsh, Dales, Fell and Highland).

Ponies can still be seen running loose in the New Forest. They are looked after by commoners (local people with grazing rights) and live in small herds of mares and geldings. Stallions are only permitted to run free on the New Forest in the spring and summer. Every year there is an auction run by the New Forest Livestock Society and any surplus ponies, colts and some fillies are sold off.


New Forest ponies must be smaller than 148cm and although there is no minimum height, it is rare to find a pony under 122cm. New Forest ponies can be any colour except piebald and skewbald but they are most usually dark bay in colour. They have sloping shoulders, strong muscular hindquarters, strong joints and hard feet. They are capable of carrying a fair bit of weight and can easily carry the average adult. Being a native breed they are hardy, strong and can cope with harsh climates, enabling them to live out all year round.


New Forest Ponies have a friendly temperament and are easy to train. They are gentle to handle and make a good child’s pony.

Ideal Disciplines

The New Forest pony is ideal for the following disciplines:

• Showing

• Childs pony

• Driving

• All-rounder

To find out more on the New Forest Pony visit the New Forest Pony and Cattle Breeding Society.


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