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.New Forest Museum my vfxy
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