Standard of Excellence
|General:||New Forest ponies should be of working type with substance. They should have an ideal temperament and be very easy to train.
The ponies are quite capable of carrying adults, while narrow enough for small children. The smaller ponies, though not up to so much weight, often show more quality.
|Height:||Not exceeding 14.2 hands high (148 cm). There is no lower limit. All ponies should be judged equally regardless of height. Where there are sufficient numbers of ponies competing, they are shown In 2 height classes. 13.2.h. (138cms) and under and over 13.3h (138cms)|
|Colour:||New Forest ponies may be any colour except piebald, skewbald, spotted or blue-eyed cream. Palomino or very light chestnut and cream ponies with dark eyes are only eligible as mares and geldings. Blue eyes are not permitted. White markings on the head and legs are permitted except “a pony shall not have any white markings on pink skin
1) behind the head
2) above a horizontal line level with the bony protuberance of the accessory carpal bone in the forelimb
3) above a horizontal line level with the point of hock in the hind limb”
|Head:||The New Forest pony should have a pony head, be broad between the eyes and have a dark large kindly eye. Well defined cheek bones with the jaw deep but not coarse. The head should be well balanced, well set onto the neck which should have a long top line with a good length of rein. The width between the jaw bones is an indicator of size of the windpipe.|
|Body:||They should have sloping shoulders, strong quarters, and good depth of body. Length of body should exceed height and depth of body should equal length of leg.|
|Limbs:||They should have straight limbs, plenty of flat bone and good round hard feet.|
|Action:||This should be free, active and straight, but not exaggerated. Movement should come from the top of the shoulder, not from the elbow and hocks should really be used.|
|Show Presentation:||Ponies are shown unplaited but may have lightly pulled manes and tails. The jaw line and heels may be trimmed, but the whiskers should be left untrimmed.
No makeup is allowed or any other falsification of markings.