DESCRIPTION OF THE NEW FOREST PONY
- HEIGHT: The upper height limit
is 148 cm. There is no lower limit. All ponies should be judged equally
regardless of height. They are normally shown in 2 height sections 138 cm
and under (competition type A) and over 138 cm (competition height B).
- COLOUR: New Forest ponies may
be any colour except piebald, skewbald, spotted or blue eyed cream. After
2004, palomino or very light chestnut and cream ponies with dark eyes are
not eligible as licensed stallions. Blue eyes are not permitted. White
markings on the head and legs are permitted, except "a pony shall not
have any white markings on pink skin behind the head, above a horizontal
line level with the bony protuberance of the accessory carpal bone at the
back of the knee in the forelimb, and the point of the hock in the hind
- TYPE: New Forest ponies should
be of working type with substance. They should have sloping shoulders,
strong quarters, plenty of flat bone, good depth of body, straight limbs
and good hard round feet. The ponies are quite capable of carrying adults,
while narrow enough for small children. The smaller ponies, though not up
to so much weight, often show more quality.
- ACTION: This should be free,
active and straight, but not exaggerated.
- TEMPERAMENT: The New Forest
Pony has an ideal temperament and should be very easy to train.
- 1. Ponies are shown unplaited,
but may have lightly pulled manes and tails. The jaw line and heels may be
trimmed, but the whiskers should be left untrimmed.
- 2. Clipping, except for the
legs, is allowed for ponies 4 years and over, in in-hand, ridden and
working pony classes.
- 3. No make up is allowed or
any other falsification of markings
NPS America New Forest Pony Representative:
See Links section of listing of New Forest Pony Societies
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