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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 and other animals**
New Forest ponies in the road
Commoners' ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but during 2019 agisters attended 159 road traffic accidents involving these animals, a small but disappointing increase on the 154 accidents attended in 2018.

Sadly, 58 animals were killed - 35 ponies, 13 cows, 8 donkeys and 2 sheep, whilst a further 32 were injured - 3 pigs, 9 donkeys, 11 cows and 9 ponies.

(Forty-three accidents occurred in daylight, 15 at twilight and 101 in the dark. Twenty-seven accidents were not reported by the driver involved).
** Always take care when driving **
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley