E.J.Wilkins

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Watching and waiting

Last week, a sunny 19th October 2006, saw one of the Pony Sales at Beaulieu Road in the New Forest.

These bright chestnut ponies are in one of the pens, looking with interest to see what will happen next. They can identified from the two numbered yellow labels loosely attached to their rumps.

Pony Sales are held after the season's foals have been taken off the Forest where they have spent the first six months or so of their life.

During the weeks prior to the sales are the regional "Drifts", when the ponies are rounded up by mounted Agisters and Commoners. The ponies, both young and old, are checked for condition, given medical treatment if necessary and wormed. Some of those being returned to the Forest are marked for ownership by being branded or having the lower part of their tails clipped, many are also fitted with fluorescent collars to afford some protection from vehicles by increasing their visibility at night ... the majority of the Forest roads are unfenced.

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Watching and waiting

Last week, a sunny 19th October 2006, saw one of the Pony Sales at Beaulieu Road in the New Forest.

These bright chestnut ponies are in one of the pens, looking with interest to see what will happen next. They can identified from the two numbered yellow labels loosely attached to their rumps.

Pony Sales are held after the season's foals have been taken off the Forest where they have spent the first six months or so of their life.

During the weeks prior to the sales are the regional "Drifts", when the ponies are rounded up by mounted Agisters and Commoners. The ponies, both young and old, are checked for condition, given medical treatment if necessary and wormed. Some of those being returned to the Forest are marked for ownership by being branded or having the lower part of their tails clipped, many are also fitted with fluorescent collars to afford some protection from vehicles by increasing their visibility at night ... the majority of the Forest roads are unfenced.

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comments (11)

  • rabby
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Oct 2006, 01:22
what beautiful beasts and striking colours. ace photograph ellie. could i buy one? (of the ponies...)
EJWilkins: Thanks Rabby, yes you probably could buy one .. have you got anywhere to keep it?
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 24 Oct 2006, 06:51
Nice shot Ellie, they are so furry
EJWilkins: Thanks Etomi. Their coats are very furry or fluffy especially when they are so young.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 24 Oct 2006, 08:36
Interesting story ellie and nice shot. the mix of horses here is great and i would be tempted to crop above the white fence so we can see mainly horse.
EJWilkins: Hi Nev. You know, I thought about the crop and dithered about where it should be, there was more of the trees in the background of the original. I think you're right, and taking it to the top of the post on the left would have been best .. still leaving some idea of the trees in the background.
You really have captured the mood here Ellie, very nice pic. I am inclined to agree with Nev about the cropping. Regards, Neil.
EJWilkins: Thanks Neil, yes, I'm inclined to think you're right.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Oct 2006, 11:36
good framing and crop.
EJWilkins: Thanks for your comment Chantal
Hi Ellie smile
A very nice picture ! I love the color tone of horses, and I love the posture !
EJWilkins: Hi Zebigleb, these ponies looked very happy. I liked the way the one on the left was resting its head on the other ones rump.
  • paul
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Oct 2006, 15:14
what great colours Ellie!
EJWilkins: Thanks Paul, this pen of ponies stood out from the rest because their coats glowed with colour when the sun caught them. When I share some of the others I took I think you'll notice the difference.
  • Ngozi
  • United States
  • 24 Oct 2006, 18:46
Very educational. They sure are bright. What a beautiful rusty coat to have. Nice one.
EJWilkins: Hi Ngozi and thanks. smile
  • chris p
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Oct 2006, 20:18
Good documentary picture Ellie - have you thought about Hampshire Life?
EJWilkins: Thanks for the compliment Chris ... your suggestion has made me chuckle .. wink
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 25 Oct 2006, 08:50
Hi Ellie - I think this is a great shot, but then I am partial to horses. I disagree about cropping, what I do is to scroll the picture until that top part is hidden and see what the crop would look like. It would be interesting to only have the horses in the shot, but then a lot of them would be sans ears.
EJWilkins: Hi Louis, and thanks a lot for your suggestion. I wouldn't want any of them to lose their ears, it sounds too much like a tale from the Mabinogion.
nice collection of ponies, great composition.
EJWilkins: Thanks Dotun, I'm glad you like this shot of the ponies.

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