Public warning as stallions released on to New Forest
MEMBERS of the public are being warned to keep their distance from pony herds as 20 stallions are released on to the forest.
The stallions were turned out today (Monday) and will be in various locations including Holmsley, Pilley, Minstead, Blackfield, Penn Common, Ibsley, Bank, Wootton and Beaulieu aerodrome.
As reported in the A&T, last year only 10 stallions were turned out amid fears the coronavirus pandemic would affect the demand for ponies.
A statement on the verderers website stated twice as many animals will be out this year for around nine weeks.
It added: “Please keep away from the stallions and, unless it is completely unavoidable, do not ride or walk through the pony herds.
"Please keep dogs under close control at all times.”
A national park authority spokesperson said: “The verderers of the New Forest’s Higher Level Stewardship Scheme is helping to preserve important New Forest pony bloodlines.
"It is important to keep your distance while the boys are out with the mares as their erratic behaviour can be dangerous."