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Horse riding - an introduction

Horse riding in the New Forest
Horse riding in the New Forest

Relatively unrestricted access makes the New Forest ideal for horse riding. Indeed, horse riding is the third most popular New Forest activity behind walking and cycling.

There’s no need, either, to own a horse and keep it locally, for there are many stables where horses can be hired by the hour, or for longer periods.

Riding lessons, too, are available for beginners and others who wish to improve their skills.

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** New Forest ponies **
New Forest ponies in the road
Ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but during the first six months of 2018, 36 animals were killed or injured on Forest roads, compared with 26 in the same period in 2017, a shocking rise of 38%. And in the full year, 63 animals were killed on the roads compared to 56 in 2017.
** Always take care when driving **
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley