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Mountain and Moorland Showing > New Forest Pony

New Forest


Breed Standard

Height - The upper height limit is 14.2 hh (1.47m). There is no lower limit, but New Forest Ponies are seldom under 12hh (1.20m)

Colour & Markings - New Forest Ponies may be any colour except piebald, skewbald or blue-eyed cream. Bays and browns predominate. White markings on head and legs are permitted

Head - Neat and pony like, well set on

Neck - Strong and of ample length

Shoulders - Long, sloping shoulders

Body - Good depth of body with strong quarters

Feet, Legs & Joints - Straight limbs with plenty of bone and hard round feet

Action - The should be free, active and straight but not exaggerated

General Character - The New Forest Pony has an ideal temperament and is very easy to train.  It should be of riding type with substance. The larger ponies, while narrow enough for children, are quite capable of carrying adults. The smaller ponies, though not up to so much weight, often show more quality

Trimming rules for showing

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.

Clipping, except for the legs, is allowed for ponies 4 years and over, in in-hand, ridden and working pony classes.

No make up or false hair is allowed or any other falsification of markings.

Tack for In Hand showing

Stallions and colts 2 years and over must be shown in bridles with bits. Chifney bits are not allowed in any circumstances. All stallions/colts 3 yrs and over must hold a license.  Younger animals, mares and geldings may be shown in a suitable leather bridle, leather slip or white webbing halter.

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