New Forest ponies 'officially a rare breed'

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The famous New Forest ponies are now officially a rare breed, it has been revealed.

Numbers of new foals have dwindled over the last five years, leaving the semi-feral herd to be listed as a minority breed for the first time.

The ponies have roamed the ancient area for centuries.

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But just 423 foals were born last year – less than a third of the 1,463 newborns registered five years ago.

Now, with less than 3,000 registered adult breeding females, they have appeared as a minority breed on a special “watchlist” for the first time.

Jane Murray, pictured, secretary of the New Forest Pony Breeding and Cattle Society (NFPBCS), said they are “walking a tightrope” to maintain numbers and a diverse gene pool.

In a joint statement with other interested groups, including the Forest’s Verderers, she said: “Rapidly changing market conditions over the last few years have changed the horse world, probably for ever.

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“The situation for horses and ponies has to be viewed in the national context.”

Steps are being taken to tackle the “new challenges” facing the breed, she added.

The Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) listed New Forest Ponies in its minority breed category, for animals with a population of 1,500 to 3,000.

Figures released by the NFPBCS show the number of pure-bred ponies living freely in the Forest dropped from 1,057 in 2009 to 197 in 2013. Just ten stallions were put out to mate last season.

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The statement continued: “With the current combination of over-supply and economic pressures continuing to depress the national equine market, the New Forest pony community and the RBST cannot ethically encourage widespread breeding.

“We will be working together to breed responsibly to maintain genetic diversity and fulfil our obligations as the guardians of one of the |UK’s most iconic native breeds and part of our national |heritage.”

An RBST conservation officer said the drop from more than 3,300 adult breeding females last year to “several hundred” below 3,000 was a “steep decline”.

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The ponies graze the Forest in a tradition dating back as far as 1016, when people living there were given rights of common pasture.

Each pony is owned by a “commoner”, someone whose property has common rights allowing them to turn out ponies to graze on the Forest.

The ponies are rounded up each autumn in “drifts” for health checks and branding, while pony sales are held several times a year.

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9:48am Thu 20 Feb 14

ToastyTea says...

So why aren't they better protected from idiot drivers driving to fast and without care.
So why aren't they better protected from idiot drivers driving to fast and without care. ToastyTea

10:17am Thu 20 Feb 14

Linesman says...

ToastyTea wrote:
So why aren't they better protected from idiot drivers driving to fast and without care.
It is not just New Forest Ponies that need protecting from idiot drivers, it is every man, woman and child as well, which is why I cannot understand why Roy Perry is stating that Hampshire County Council will be cutting back on lollypop men and women as an economy measure.
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: So why aren't they better protected from idiot drivers driving to fast and without care.[/p][/quote]It is not just New Forest Ponies that need protecting from idiot drivers, it is every man, woman and child as well, which is why I cannot understand why Roy Perry is stating that Hampshire County Council will be cutting back on lollypop men and women as an economy measure. Linesman

10:20am Thu 20 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

Do they have difficulty mating with bicycle wheels stuck in their orifices?
Do they have difficulty mating with bicycle wheels stuck in their orifices? Inform Al

12:34pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

Inform Al wrote:
Do they have difficulty mating with bicycle wheels stuck in their orifices?
Wow... You just sank to an all new level of stupidity in one post, it's not cyclists kiling them, you just have to look at the... OH, the NON-EXISTENT reports of ponies killed by cyclists, it's motorists that ARE killing them or hitting them and leaving them to suffer, where by the time they're found, they have to be put down, just have to look at the HUNDREDS, even thousands of reports about ponies being Seriously injured/killed by motorists over recent years, so please, go back to whatever hole you crawled out of.
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: Do they have difficulty mating with bicycle wheels stuck in their orifices?[/p][/quote]Wow... You just sank to an all new level of stupidity in one post, it's not cyclists kiling them, you just have to look at the... OH, the NON-EXISTENT reports of ponies killed by cyclists, it's motorists that ARE killing them or hitting them and leaving them to suffer, where by the time they're found, they have to be put down, just have to look at the HUNDREDS, even thousands of reports about ponies being Seriously injured/killed by motorists over recent years, so please, go back to whatever hole you crawled out of. Ginger_cyclist

1:09pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Do they have difficulty mating with bicycle wheels stuck in their orifices?
Wow... You just sank to an all new level of stupidity in one post, it's not cyclists kiling them, you just have to look at the... OH, the NON-EXISTENT reports of ponies killed by cyclists, it's motorists that ARE killing them or hitting them and leaving them to suffer, where by the time they're found, they have to be put down, just have to look at the HUNDREDS, even thousands of reports about ponies being Seriously injured/killed by motorists over recent years, so please, go back to whatever hole you crawled out of.
How much did your sense of humour by pass cost you.
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: Do they have difficulty mating with bicycle wheels stuck in their orifices?[/p][/quote]Wow... You just sank to an all new level of stupidity in one post, it's not cyclists kiling them, you just have to look at the... OH, the NON-EXISTENT reports of ponies killed by cyclists, it's motorists that ARE killing them or hitting them and leaving them to suffer, where by the time they're found, they have to be put down, just have to look at the HUNDREDS, even thousands of reports about ponies being Seriously injured/killed by motorists over recent years, so please, go back to whatever hole you crawled out of.[/p][/quote]How much did your sense of humour by pass cost you. Inform Al

1:15pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Forest Resident says...

Inform Al wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Do they have difficulty mating with bicycle wheels stuck in their orifices?
Wow... You just sank to an all new level of stupidity in one post, it's not cyclists kiling them, you just have to look at the... OH, the NON-EXISTENT reports of ponies killed by cyclists, it's motorists that ARE killing them or hitting them and leaving them to suffer, where by the time they're found, they have to be put down, just have to look at the HUNDREDS, even thousands of reports about ponies being Seriously injured/killed by motorists over recent years, so please, go back to whatever hole you crawled out of.
How much did your sense of humour by pass cost you.
Troll
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: Do they have difficulty mating with bicycle wheels stuck in their orifices?[/p][/quote]Wow... You just sank to an all new level of stupidity in one post, it's not cyclists kiling them, you just have to look at the... OH, the NON-EXISTENT reports of ponies killed by cyclists, it's motorists that ARE killing them or hitting them and leaving them to suffer, where by the time they're found, they have to be put down, just have to look at the HUNDREDS, even thousands of reports about ponies being Seriously injured/killed by motorists over recent years, so please, go back to whatever hole you crawled out of.[/p][/quote]How much did your sense of humour by pass cost you.[/p][/quote]Troll Forest Resident

2:50pm Thu 20 Feb 14

camerajuan says...

Inform Al wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Do they have difficulty mating with bicycle wheels stuck in their orifices?
Wow... You just sank to an all new level of stupidity in one post, it's not cyclists kiling them, you just have to look at the... OH, the NON-EXISTENT reports of ponies killed by cyclists, it's motorists that ARE killing them or hitting them and leaving them to suffer, where by the time they're found, they have to be put down, just have to look at the HUNDREDS, even thousands of reports about ponies being Seriously injured/killed by motorists over recent years, so please, go back to whatever hole you crawled out of.
How much did your sense of humour by pass cost you.
You've used that one. Getting forgetful are we Infirmy?

It's either that or you don't enjoy people stating facts if they go against your opinion.
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: Do they have difficulty mating with bicycle wheels stuck in their orifices?[/p][/quote]Wow... You just sank to an all new level of stupidity in one post, it's not cyclists kiling them, you just have to look at the... OH, the NON-EXISTENT reports of ponies killed by cyclists, it's motorists that ARE killing them or hitting them and leaving them to suffer, where by the time they're found, they have to be put down, just have to look at the HUNDREDS, even thousands of reports about ponies being Seriously injured/killed by motorists over recent years, so please, go back to whatever hole you crawled out of.[/p][/quote]How much did your sense of humour by pass cost you.[/p][/quote]You've used that one. Getting forgetful are we Infirmy? It's either that or you don't enjoy people stating facts if they go against your opinion. camerajuan

2:56pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Torchie1 says...

camerajuan wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Do they have difficulty mating with bicycle wheels stuck in their orifices?
Wow... You just sank to an all new level of stupidity in one post, it's not cyclists kiling them, you just have to look at the... OH, the NON-EXISTENT reports of ponies killed by cyclists, it's motorists that ARE killing them or hitting them and leaving them to suffer, where by the time they're found, they have to be put down, just have to look at the HUNDREDS, even thousands of reports about ponies being Seriously injured/killed by motorists over recent years, so please, go back to whatever hole you crawled out of.
How much did your sense of humour by pass cost you.
You've used that one. Getting forgetful are we Infirmy?

It's either that or you don't enjoy people stating facts if they go against your opinion.
Championing the 'facts' rings a bit hollow when the article doesn't make any reference to accidents at all.
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: Do they have difficulty mating with bicycle wheels stuck in their orifices?[/p][/quote]Wow... You just sank to an all new level of stupidity in one post, it's not cyclists kiling them, you just have to look at the... OH, the NON-EXISTENT reports of ponies killed by cyclists, it's motorists that ARE killing them or hitting them and leaving them to suffer, where by the time they're found, they have to be put down, just have to look at the HUNDREDS, even thousands of reports about ponies being Seriously injured/killed by motorists over recent years, so please, go back to whatever hole you crawled out of.[/p][/quote]How much did your sense of humour by pass cost you.[/p][/quote]You've used that one. Getting forgetful are we Infirmy? It's either that or you don't enjoy people stating facts if they go against your opinion.[/p][/quote]Championing the 'facts' rings a bit hollow when the article doesn't make any reference to accidents at all. Torchie1

3:05pm Thu 20 Feb 14

camerajuan says...

Torchie1 wrote:
camerajuan wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Do they have difficulty mating with bicycle wheels stuck in their orifices?
Wow... You just sank to an all new level of stupidity in one post, it's not cyclists kiling them, you just have to look at the... OH, the NON-EXISTENT reports of ponies killed by cyclists, it's motorists that ARE killing them or hitting them and leaving them to suffer, where by the time they're found, they have to be put down, just have to look at the HUNDREDS, even thousands of reports about ponies being Seriously injured/killed by motorists over recent years, so please, go back to whatever hole you crawled out of.
How much did your sense of humour by pass cost you.
You've used that one. Getting forgetful are we Infirmy?

It's either that or you don't enjoy people stating facts if they go against your opinion.
Championing the 'facts' rings a bit hollow when the article doesn't make any reference to accidents at all.
Pretty sure both you and he know exactly what I mean so if you would kindly stop trying to be the equivalent of a Hall Monitor that would be great.
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: Do they have difficulty mating with bicycle wheels stuck in their orifices?[/p][/quote]Wow... You just sank to an all new level of stupidity in one post, it's not cyclists kiling them, you just have to look at the... OH, the NON-EXISTENT reports of ponies killed by cyclists, it's motorists that ARE killing them or hitting them and leaving them to suffer, where by the time they're found, they have to be put down, just have to look at the HUNDREDS, even thousands of reports about ponies being Seriously injured/killed by motorists over recent years, so please, go back to whatever hole you crawled out of.[/p][/quote]How much did your sense of humour by pass cost you.[/p][/quote]You've used that one. Getting forgetful are we Infirmy? It's either that or you don't enjoy people stating facts if they go against your opinion.[/p][/quote]Championing the 'facts' rings a bit hollow when the article doesn't make any reference to accidents at all.[/p][/quote]Pretty sure both you and he know exactly what I mean so if you would kindly stop trying to be the equivalent of a Hall Monitor that would be great. camerajuan

4:38pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Linesman says...

New Forest Ponies a Rare Breed.

When sold in your local supermarket, they suggest Medium Rare.
New Forest Ponies a Rare Breed. When sold in your local supermarket, they suggest Medium Rare. Linesman

5:08pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Torchie1 says...

camerajuan wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
camerajuan wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Do they have difficulty mating with bicycle wheels stuck in their orifices?
Wow... You just sank to an all new level of stupidity in one post, it's not cyclists kiling them, you just have to look at the... OH, the NON-EXISTENT reports of ponies killed by cyclists, it's motorists that ARE killing them or hitting them and leaving them to suffer, where by the time they're found, they have to be put down, just have to look at the HUNDREDS, even thousands of reports about ponies being Seriously injured/killed by motorists over recent years, so please, go back to whatever hole you crawled out of.
How much did your sense of humour by pass cost you.
You've used that one. Getting forgetful are we Infirmy?

It's either that or you don't enjoy people stating facts if they go against your opinion.
Championing the 'facts' rings a bit hollow when the article doesn't make any reference to accidents at all.
Pretty sure both you and he know exactly what I mean so if you would kindly stop trying to be the equivalent of a Hall Monitor that would be great.
I can sense your pink tingling cheeks from here. I'm pretty sure that you know what I mean!
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: Do they have difficulty mating with bicycle wheels stuck in their orifices?[/p][/quote]Wow... You just sank to an all new level of stupidity in one post, it's not cyclists kiling them, you just have to look at the... OH, the NON-EXISTENT reports of ponies killed by cyclists, it's motorists that ARE killing them or hitting them and leaving them to suffer, where by the time they're found, they have to be put down, just have to look at the HUNDREDS, even thousands of reports about ponies being Seriously injured/killed by motorists over recent years, so please, go back to whatever hole you crawled out of.[/p][/quote]How much did your sense of humour by pass cost you.[/p][/quote]You've used that one. Getting forgetful are we Infirmy? It's either that or you don't enjoy people stating facts if they go against your opinion.[/p][/quote]Championing the 'facts' rings a bit hollow when the article doesn't make any reference to accidents at all.[/p][/quote]Pretty sure both you and he know exactly what I mean so if you would kindly stop trying to be the equivalent of a Hall Monitor that would be great.[/p][/quote]I can sense your pink tingling cheeks from here. I'm pretty sure that you know what I mean! Torchie1

7:25pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

Inform Al wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Do they have difficulty mating with bicycle wheels stuck in their orifices?
Wow... You just sank to an all new level of stupidity in one post, it's not cyclists kiling them, you just have to look at the... OH, the NON-EXISTENT reports of ponies killed by cyclists, it's motorists that ARE killing them or hitting them and leaving them to suffer, where by the time they're found, they have to be put down, just have to look at the HUNDREDS, even thousands of reports about ponies being Seriously injured/killed by motorists over recent years, so please, go back to whatever hole you crawled out of.
How much did your sense of humour by pass cost you.
As I said...
Hole, crawl back to it or does the uninformed troll prefer to reside under a bridge? Plenty of ridges in Southampton to choose from.
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: Do they have difficulty mating with bicycle wheels stuck in their orifices?[/p][/quote]Wow... You just sank to an all new level of stupidity in one post, it's not cyclists kiling them, you just have to look at the... OH, the NON-EXISTENT reports of ponies killed by cyclists, it's motorists that ARE killing them or hitting them and leaving them to suffer, where by the time they're found, they have to be put down, just have to look at the HUNDREDS, even thousands of reports about ponies being Seriously injured/killed by motorists over recent years, so please, go back to whatever hole you crawled out of.[/p][/quote]How much did your sense of humour by pass cost you.[/p][/quote]As I said... Hole, crawl back to it or does the uninformed troll prefer to reside under a bridge? Plenty of ridges in Southampton to choose from. Ginger_cyclist

7:25pm Thu 20 Feb 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Inform Al wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Do they have difficulty mating with bicycle wheels stuck in their orifices?
Wow... You just sank to an all new level of stupidity in one post, it's not cyclists kiling them, you just have to look at the... OH, the NON-EXISTENT reports of ponies killed by cyclists, it's motorists that ARE killing them or hitting them and leaving them to suffer, where by the time they're found, they have to be put down, just have to look at the HUNDREDS, even thousands of reports about ponies being Seriously injured/killed by motorists over recent years, so please, go back to whatever hole you crawled out of.
How much did your sense of humour by pass cost you.
Why do you ask, is somebody going to say something amusing here?
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: Do they have difficulty mating with bicycle wheels stuck in their orifices?[/p][/quote]Wow... You just sank to an all new level of stupidity in one post, it's not cyclists kiling them, you just have to look at the... OH, the NON-EXISTENT reports of ponies killed by cyclists, it's motorists that ARE killing them or hitting them and leaving them to suffer, where by the time they're found, they have to be put down, just have to look at the HUNDREDS, even thousands of reports about ponies being Seriously injured/killed by motorists over recent years, so please, go back to whatever hole you crawled out of.[/p][/quote]How much did your sense of humour by pass cost you.[/p][/quote]Why do you ask, is somebody going to say something amusing here? OSPREYSAINT

7:26pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Do they have difficulty mating with bicycle wheels stuck in their orifices?
Wow... You just sank to an all new level of stupidity in one post, it's not cyclists kiling them, you just have to look at the... OH, the NON-EXISTENT reports of ponies killed by cyclists, it's motorists that ARE killing them or hitting them and leaving them to suffer, where by the time they're found, they have to be put down, just have to look at the HUNDREDS, even thousands of reports about ponies being Seriously injured/killed by motorists over recent years, so please, go back to whatever hole you crawled out of.
How much did your sense of humour by pass cost you.
As I said...
Hole, crawl back to it or does the uninformed troll prefer to reside under a bridge? Plenty of ridges in Southampton to choose from.
*bridges
This keyboard is horrible.
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: Do they have difficulty mating with bicycle wheels stuck in their orifices?[/p][/quote]Wow... You just sank to an all new level of stupidity in one post, it's not cyclists kiling them, you just have to look at the... OH, the NON-EXISTENT reports of ponies killed by cyclists, it's motorists that ARE killing them or hitting them and leaving them to suffer, where by the time they're found, they have to be put down, just have to look at the HUNDREDS, even thousands of reports about ponies being Seriously injured/killed by motorists over recent years, so please, go back to whatever hole you crawled out of.[/p][/quote]How much did your sense of humour by pass cost you.[/p][/quote]As I said... Hole, crawl back to it or does the uninformed troll prefer to reside under a bridge? Plenty of ridges in Southampton to choose from.[/p][/quote]*bridges This keyboard is horrible. Ginger_cyclist

8:35am Fri 21 Feb 14

camerajuan says...

Torchie1 wrote:
camerajuan wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
camerajuan wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Do they have difficulty mating with bicycle wheels stuck in their orifices?
Wow... You just sank to an all new level of stupidity in one post, it's not cyclists kiling them, you just have to look at the... OH, the NON-EXISTENT reports of ponies killed by cyclists, it's motorists that ARE killing them or hitting them and leaving them to suffer, where by the time they're found, they have to be put down, just have to look at the HUNDREDS, even thousands of reports about ponies being Seriously injured/killed by motorists over recent years, so please, go back to whatever hole you crawled out of.
How much did your sense of humour by pass cost you.
You've used that one. Getting forgetful are we Infirmy?

It's either that or you don't enjoy people stating facts if they go against your opinion.
Championing the 'facts' rings a bit hollow when the article doesn't make any reference to accidents at all.
Pretty sure both you and he know exactly what I mean so if you would kindly stop trying to be the equivalent of a Hall Monitor that would be great.
I can sense your pink tingling cheeks from here. I'm pretty sure that you know what I mean!
Nothing pink here, just like talking to adults sometimes. I should probably stop commenting here if that's my preference to be fair! Jeffy's Squad of Fitness Dodgers remind me of The Children Under The Stairs. Just grunting and animosity.
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: Do they have difficulty mating with bicycle wheels stuck in their orifices?[/p][/quote]Wow... You just sank to an all new level of stupidity in one post, it's not cyclists kiling them, you just have to look at the... OH, the NON-EXISTENT reports of ponies killed by cyclists, it's motorists that ARE killing them or hitting them and leaving them to suffer, where by the time they're found, they have to be put down, just have to look at the HUNDREDS, even thousands of reports about ponies being Seriously injured/killed by motorists over recent years, so please, go back to whatever hole you crawled out of.[/p][/quote]How much did your sense of humour by pass cost you.[/p][/quote]You've used that one. Getting forgetful are we Infirmy? It's either that or you don't enjoy people stating facts if they go against your opinion.[/p][/quote]Championing the 'facts' rings a bit hollow when the article doesn't make any reference to accidents at all.[/p][/quote]Pretty sure both you and he know exactly what I mean so if you would kindly stop trying to be the equivalent of a Hall Monitor that would be great.[/p][/quote]I can sense your pink tingling cheeks from here. I'm pretty sure that you know what I mean![/p][/quote]Nothing pink here, just like talking to adults sometimes. I should probably stop commenting here if that's my preference to be fair! Jeffy's Squad of Fitness Dodgers remind me of The Children Under The Stairs. Just grunting and animosity. camerajuan

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