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New Forest Pony


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  • Pony.


  • New Forest Pony   New Forest Pony  .

General information

  • Origin in South-West Hampshire.
  • Strong and surefooted.
  • Very friendly and docile.
  • Arabian   Arab  and Thoroughbred   Thoroughbred  blood has been used to improve the breed.
  • Now also bred in private studs in the UK, Europe, Canada and Australia.
  • Good jumpers.
  • Fast with a good free action.
  • Quick to learn.
  • The New Forest pony is in Category 5 ('minority') on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) Rare Breeds Watch List, officially classifying it as a rare breed in the UK, with numbers between 1500-3000. This is based on number of registered breeding females in the UK.
  • Visit the RBST website to view their full Watch List 2014 - .


  • Celtic Pony   →    Native breeds   →    Thoroughbred   Thoroughbred    →    Arab   Arab  .

Principal uses

  • Riding.
  • Harness.
  • Competition.
  • Racing.


  • Registered.

Biologic Data

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Further Reading


Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Hendricks B L (1995) International Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 8-8061-2753-8.
  • Ball C (1994) Horse and Pony Breeds. Quintet Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-85076-500-6.
  • Hartley Edwards E (1994) The Encyclopedia of the Horse. Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 1-7513-011-59.


  • New Forest Pony Breeding and Cattle Society, Beacon Corner, Burley, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 4EW, UK.
  • British Horse Society, British Equestrian Center, Stoneleigh, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LR, UK.

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