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New Forest ponies trampling your pitch and scrounging for food

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PaisleyLeaf Tue 28-Jun-11 21:36:48

On behalf of my 6 year old DD..... which site is good for this?
Ponies wandering around your pitch and maybe some deer.

dreamingofsun Tue 28-Jun-11 22:36:39

be careful of new forest ponies, especially feeding them - they are wild animals and can bite. there's a place called bolderswood where they feed the deer once a day.

fruitshootsandheaves Tue 28-Jun-11 22:39:09

The ponies feed the deer? that would be worth seeing

<goes to look up bolderswood>

Saggyoldclothcatpuss Tue 28-Jun-11 22:42:13

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.

thisisyesterday Tue 28-Jun-11 22:45:15

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

thisisyesterday Tue 28-Jun-11 22:45:41


PaisleyLeaf Tue 28-Jun-11 22:46:56

I know Saggy. You're quite right and I do understand that. (we have seagulls).
I just mean it'd be nice to have the ponies around. Just incidently.
I won't be luring them.

MavisCruetTheFairy Tue 28-Jun-11 22:49:01

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.

Grockle Tue 28-Jun-11 22:50:15

We camp at brockenhurst and never have ponies breaking in. The do gather right by the pitch but so far have never been braver than that. Squirrels are another matter angry

The deer sanctuary is at Bolderwood and there's some waymarked walks there too

BluddyMoFo Tue 28-Jun-11 22:52:38

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thisisyesterday Tue 28-Jun-11 22:54:26

ahh maybe they are not so brave as they were back in my day lol

BoysAreLikeDogs Tue 28-Jun-11 22:54:34

a pony (not a NF one but a welsh one) kicked my (adult) sister over a cliff; brambles caught her so a happy ending but I would be v wary with a child


andiem Tue 28-Jun-11 22:55:53

When we were at Hollands wood we saw a donkey go up the steps and into someones caravan. The ponies are very crafty they can step over the guy ropes around the tent so you don't know they are coming.

socialhandgrenade Tue 28-Jun-11 22:59:02

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) grin

Hullygully Tue 28-Jun-11 23:00:25

bastard bastard ponies

PaisleyLeaf Tue 28-Jun-11 23:02:12

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.

thisisyesterday Tue 28-Jun-11 23:02:13

BALD... horses/ponies are evil. I keep telling people this but they won't listen to me

i can't believe one kicked your sister off a cliff! and that the "happy" ending is that she fell in brambles. evil bloody animals

thisisyesterday Tue 28-Jun-11 23:02:48

and yes, they can undo zips! clever things. when they're not kicking people to death

Popbiscuit Tue 28-Jun-11 23:05:22

Oh bliss! Camping with Ponies? Sign me up!

BoysAreLikeDogs Tue 28-Jun-11 23:08:59

yy the unhappy ending would have been her splatted on Manorbier beach (I think it was Manorbier)

nasty creatures with bitey teef and hurty hoofs

Moodykat Tue 28-Jun-11 23:13:48

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.

MrsFriskers Tue 28-Jun-11 23:14:58

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.

Moodykat Tue 28-Jun-11 23:16:26

Sorry for the crap grammar! It's late! blush

MrsFriskers Tue 28-Jun-11 23:18:14

Sorry moodykat xposted with you - slow typing

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