This afternoon I drove home across the Forest after spending a few hours with an old friend in Brockenhurst. We worked together for over thirteen years so it is always good to see her again and catch up with her news. The roads were quiet so I stopped and got my camera out when I saw this sturdy New Forest filly foal grazing beside the verge.
In recent years, the Verderers and New Forest commoners have reduced the number of stallions running on the Forest and have also reduced the time when they are able to find the mares. Thankfully there are now fewer foals being born and their quality has improved. This is good for the breed but also better for the individual youngsters, who should hopefully find good homes or be kept to graze the Forest and become future brood mares.
This filly could well be one who stays with her family group for the rest of her life, hefted to the particular area of the New Forest that is her home. She was not sticking close to one mare so I couldn`t work out who her mother was, but they were all nice ponies in good condition after the warm rain which has encouraged the grass to grow.
A confident youngster , growing well. All she needs to do is to stay away from the road, especially at night......