Breed society rule changes mean white markings are now only allowed on lower limbs and the head for New Forest ponies

The New Forest Pony and Cattle Breeding Society has announced a change in the rules permitting white markings for registered ponies following its AGM.

The rules will now read: “A pony shall not have any white markings or pink skin behind the head, above a horizontal line level with the bony protuberance of the accessory carpal bone at the back of the knee in the forelimb and the point of the hock in the hind limb”.

Other new initiatives for 2002 include:

  • A new performance-grading scheme
  • A grading scheme for Forest-run mares

“The aim of the scheme is to improve the breed by promoting the best type of registered mares to run on the forest, thereby encouraging the production of better quality foals,” explains acting chairman Susan Shaw.

More information on the new grading schemes will be available at a New Forest Pony evening at Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lyndhurst, Hants, on Friday, 26 April at 7.30pm.

For details, visit www.newforestpony.com

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