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This is the last shot of the New Forest Ponies....The breed is indigenous to the New Forest in Hampshire in southern England,All ponies grazing on the New Forest are owned by New Forest commoners – people who have "rights of common of pasture" over the Forest lands. An annual marking fee is paid for each animal turned out to graze. The population of ponies on the Forest has fluctuated in response to varying demand for young stock. Numbers fell to fewer than six hundred in 1945, but have since risen steadily, and thousands now run loose in semi-feral conditions. The ponies are gathered annually in a series of drifts, to be checked for health, wormed, and they are tail-marked; each pony's tail is trimmed to the pattern of the Agister responsible for that pony , you can see the cut tail of the pony on the right.There are five Agisters who monitor the grazing of these animals. Many of the foals bred on the Forest are sold through the Beaulieu Road pony sales, which are held several times each year
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Oct 02 2013 10:06 GMT linnywv PRO
They are lovely. Such a pretty pastoral scene.
Oct 02 2013 10:32 GMT julie13
Nice photography :)
Oct 02 2013 12:19 GMT clintonfolks
great photo, loved the story.!!!
Oct 02 2013 14:05 GMT ujbanyiv
Yes! Great Photo.
Oct 02 2013 15:15 GMT annieann PRO
just beautiful creatures joan
Oct 02 2013 17:24 GMT Papagena
Lucky ponies having enough living space to gambol !! And interesting explanations too Joan !!
Oct 02 2013 18:09 GMT elsje323
beautiful shot
Oct 02 2013 21:03 GMT fhelsing PRO
I agree with (Papagena)!
Oct 03 2013 14:18 GMT Jeanmac
Lovely ponies Joan and interesting read
Oct 09 2013 21:12 GMT jmcdh
Lovely photo

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