Please, it's a lovely idea, and by all means camp in the forest, but don't try and get near the ponies. They are mainly wild, are bound to be unpredictable, and possibly dangerous. If you encourage them with food, you will make life hell for future campers. And could get bitten or kicked. I have ponies, please take my advice in the spirit it's offered.
hahahhhaahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahaha @ "don't try and get near the ponies"
sorry. no offence. having camped in the new forest as a child i can assure you that the ponies will be there. right there. breaking into your tent for food.
there is no escape! lol
actually, lots of the ones wandering around the campsites are not wild, they're owned by people who put shoes on them. i know this because I got kicked by one of them and have been scared of horses ever since!
we used to go tooooo.... um.... B... B... will have to go and look it up
We walked through one of the big New Forest campsites a coule of years back and encountered the classic "pony inside tent (tent not much bigger than pony) -- faintly hysterical campers" scenario. I'll try to remember which one it was if you really want to recreate the experience for your DD, but it didn't look much fun.
I've been to Hollands Wood. Stupidly left DS birthday cake in tent as I thought it impossible for ponies to undo tent zip. WRONG! Lucky DS ended up with substitute cake from Asda (my baking is crap, so probably just as well for everyone)
That sounds lovely MoFo. Just what I mean. We've camped in another forest for the last couple of years, where there are deer (apparently). We walked miles, all on our own (no dog or anything) binoculars etc. Several times, both years - and not a footprint. Plenty of deer teddies in the gift shop, deer postcards etc. I just think it'd be nice for DD to get her fill of wildlife this year.
Having grown up round there I would recommend roundhills in brockenhurst. I used to ride through it and it's right on the edge of a huge area of open forest. May I add though that new forest ponies don't wear shoes but they are all owned by people but essentially wild animals and some can get nasty, especially if they have foals around.
Roundhill is sister site to Hollands Wood (forestry commission campsite). Their warden does an onsite talk/walk as dusk falls, so you may see and hear all sorts of wildlife. Ponies are incidental, but bold and bitey, so you are encouraged not to feed them, and keep all food in your car.