Apart from being one of England's most extensive and picturesque woodland areas, the New Forest in Hampshire is well known for its hundreds of roaming, partly wild ponies.
GV Ponies graze by roadside - traffic passes
CV Sign 'The New Forest - watch for Animals'
SV Pony crosses road
SV Group of ponies in forest
CV Mother and foal
CU Pony grazes
SV Ponies at water
SV PAN.. Ponies in forest
GV Pony at front garden of cottage in Lyndhurst
SV Two ponies under bus shelter
GV Pony meanders through traffic
GV Sale pens
CU Sign 'Pony Sale'
SV PAN..Man with group of ponies to sale
MV PAN..Group of ponies into pen
MV PAN..Spectators tonponies in pen
CU Pony feeding in pen
MV Prospective buyers look at ponies
CU Prospective buyer
MV Ponies in pen
SV Men move animals for auction
GV Crowd around sale ring
GV Sale ring with ponies for auction moving around SOF...Auctioneer "The next is No 5, Right, in lot 5 is a dark grey mare, six years old...33.....20,1,2,3,4,5,6,26,7,8, 28 - 8 - guineas I am bid for the mare".
SV Auctioneer and crowd (SOF) continues..29, 30 guineas I am bid... 31, 31 guineas I am bid"
CV Auctioneer (SOF) "32, 35, 35 I am bid, 40, 41 2,3,43, Mr Slead, you're all out here, 43,44, 44 guineas I am bid, 44 guineas, once, twice, for the last time, I am selling for forty four".
GV Sale ring
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Background: Apart from being one of England's most extensive and picturesque woodland areas, the New Forest in Hampshire is well known for its hundreds of roaming, partly wild ponies. Used to traffic and wonder-eyed tourists alike, they wander unconcerned through forest and heath, grazing by the roadside and sometimes taking a snack from a family picnic.
At Beaulieu Road, Sept 8, some 600 of them, rounded up in the New Forest, came up for the annual sale. There were mares and foals, ponies and horses, a number of them already trained, variously described as "quiet to ride", "good jumper" and "suitable for children".
From what any visitor to the New Forest can see for himself it is hardly surprising to find the quadrupeds dubbed as "used to all traffic", but it should be a great consolation to buyers to pick up a lot marked "easy to catch". That, certainly, goes only for a minority of them. With all their outward placidity, self-respecting New Forest ponies will rarely allow anyone to touch them.