• 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 limb."
  • 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

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