The New Forest is one of southern England's most famous beauty spots and as far back as is known there have always been ponies running free and grazing the unenclosed land which makes up just over one third of the total forest area of about 67,000 acres (26,000 hectares).
GV Cars driving along road past ponies grazing in New Forest
GV Auction are
CU Ponies in pens awaiting auction
CU & GV Children looking at ponies (4 shots)
GV Colt being auctioned
CU ZOOM OUT TO GV Horses in pens
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Background: The New Forest is one of southern England's most famous beauty spots and as far back as is known there have always been ponies running free and grazing the unenclosed land which makes up just over one third of the total forest area of about 67,000 acres (26,000 hectares).
SYNOPSIS: But despite their freedom all New Forest ponies have owners and sooner or later the time comes for most of them to say goodbye to life in the wild as they are rounded up and caught.
Many find their way to auction sales, which are held six times a year by the New Forest Pony Breeding and Cattle Society. This sale takes place every year in August, near Lyndhurst in the heart of the New Forest.
Buyers come from all over the British Isles--and many places abroad--as over a long period of time the New Forest pony has come to be highly regarded as an ideal mount for children. Most of them grow to only about 14 hands and they are very easy to train, very sure-footed and as they are used to grazing along road verges, quite unperturbed by traffic. Prices very from over GBP 1,000 sterling (1,800 U.S. dollars) for a stallion to as little as GBP 20 sterling (about 38 U.S. dollars) for a young foal.
The hardy and generally even-tempered ponies are also very versatile. They are ridden in gymkhana competitions, dressage tests, cross-country events and show-jumping. Some are trained to pull carriages in harness, while others are crossed-bred with Arab or thoroughbred stallions to produce bigger, livelier riding ponies.