20 stallions have been released into The New Forest until 18th June to help preserve the bloodlines of the New Forest Pony. Please be sure to keep your distance as the horses’ behaviour can be erratic and more unpredictable than usual. The ponies are owned by commoners who live in properties with ancient rights attached, dating back to the 11th century.

For more information on details on stallion areas:
HLS New Forest – Higher Level Stewardship Scheme


Advice to follow:

  • Keep your distance
  • Avoid walking through pony herds
  • Ensure dogs are kept under close control
  • Don’t feed or pet New Forest ponies (or any other forest animals)
  • Drive with care – animals on the road


Always follow the New Forest code:

For more information: Keep Your Distance | Forestry England