Less New Forest ponies for sale than ever before


The much loved New Forest pony has been officially recognised as a rare breed by The Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST)…

Less New Forest ponies for sale than ever before
New Forest pony has been officially recognised as a rare breed by The Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST)

The RBST has listed the popular ponies in their minority breed category on their watch-list for equines with up to 3,000 breeding females.  It has been reported that there are now less than 3,000 breeding mares in the New Forest and in 2013 there were only 423 foals born which is a huge reduction in 1,463 born just five years ago.

The New Forest Pony Breeding and Cattle Society have commented that they have tried to breed better quality foals over quantity which explains the decline in numbers  Part-bred New Forest ponies for sale have become predominant over the purebreds and consequently the New Forest Verderers who oversee the forest’s commoners and their animals have been paying a higher payment to commoners for purebred ponies to discourage part-bred and other breeds and maintain the purebred New Forest pony.

The number of older mares being used for breeding has also increased – some of them are even of an age that they are no longer in the forest (up to 16 or 17) but still of good quality.  Equally, there are only between 22 and 25 New Forest pony stallions in the Forest of which only 10 are turned out at any one time to keep quality and breeding monitored.

 

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