Best Horse Breeds for Kids 2022 [new Forest Pony Characteristics, Height & Origin]


The New Forest Pony is the largest of Britain’s nine mountain and moorland breeds, with the exception of the Highland Pony, which is the tallest of the bunch. Its ancestry, like that of the other breeds, is unknown and primarily based on conjecture, despite the fact that during the reign of Canute there were wild horses living in the Forest. There is no room for debate about the fact that such has persisted consistently ever since those days.

Today, the New Forest Pony is free to roam over approximately 60,000 acres of forest in Hampshire, despite the fact that the land is mostly devoid of trees and provides the ponies with the lowest quality of pasture, which is primarily made up of heather and poor or rank glass. Despite this, the ponies are allowed to do so at their own discretion. They are resilient and efficient feeders as a result of the multiple consequences that this has on them when they are taken out of the forest and introduced to life in a “family.”

The breed has been the subject of a significant amount of “improvement” by a variety of other breeds, and in 1852, Queen Victoria lent an Arab stallion named “Zorah,” who was in the Forest for eight years. It has been several decades since foreign stallions have been turned out there, and as a result, the local pony now has a distinct character and, from all indications, breeds more and more faithful to that kind. A local farmer in the New Forest district kept the horse ‘Marske,’ the father of ‘Eclipse, for the four years between 1765 and 1769, before ‘Eclipse’ gained widespread notoriety.

As foundation stock, the New Forest ponies, along with other native breeds of animals, are a very essential component. They are bred to survive the never-ending struggle for existence, therefore as a result, they develop a heightened sense of intelligence, bravery, and resourcefulness. They are used to making their way over rocky terrain, which has trained them to have exceptionally stable footing as a result. When properly broken in, they become resistant to any form of road fright because they are accustomed to witnessing the traffic along the roads on the verges of which they frequently graze. This makes them the safest possible mount for youngsters when they have been trained properly. They have constitutions that are as strong as iron due to the poor quality of the pasture and the fact that they have to live outside in all kinds of weather.

The wild New Forest pony, despite the fact that it is less wary of humans than other mountain and moorland breeds, is in high demand as a direct result of the fact that certain areas of the New Forest are primarily used as a health and pleasure resort.

The New Forest is a type of pony that is suitable for riding and can have any color coat, with the exception of piebald and skewbald coats. Although the neck is a little short from the throat to the chest, the nice, laid-back shoulder allows plenty of length of rein. The head is neatly put on. The cannon bones are short and the forearm and second thigh are good. The tail is firmly set on, but it is not excessively high. The forearm and second thigh are good. The back is short, and the loins and quarters are powerful. The pony should have a good amount of bone and an action that is straight but not overly overdone. There are two different dimensions:

  • Type A: Ponies up to 13.2 hands, lighter in bone than the larger ones; ideal as children’s hunting ponies; with quality.
  • Type B: 13.2 hands up to 14.2 hands, with plenty of bone and substance: a strong type of pony able to carry adults.

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