How come New Forest pony youngstock are so cheap?

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Slightly at a tangent but has anyone any experience of NF x TBs? I like a native cross but have never come across that particular variant.

I've had a NF x Welsh who was a lovely if rather nervy chap but made a wonderful therapy pony.
 

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There are quite a few nfxtb, it’s a good mix. There are a few people that breed that mix in the forest.

My friend has a nfxtb who is a wootonheath prefix, she does a bit of everything with hers. Someone more knowledgable then me would be able to tell you which other prefixes could have that mix.

I have a NFxwb which is also a nice mix. I also have a pure forest bred too.
 

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I had a NFxTB and NFxAA as a teenager. The TB cross was a wonderful pony, very fast but sane and had effective brakes. The AA cross was borderline dangerous at times but that was probably due to his mother.
There are people breeding both these crosses in the Forest, if you'd like more details feel free to PM me.
 

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I am always of the opinion it is better to use a native stallion over a TB mare I dont know why but they seem much better shape and more chilled
I find to get the desired height it is much better done this way. I have seen it done the other way which resulted in an animal which was still pony size, but lost the stockyness and was just too fine for an adult.
 

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I knew a girl in the forest who had a beautiful and talented little Ch mare, reg NF, by Frank of Crabswood. She bred this mare to one of the smaller Catherston Stud stallions and this small horse, though good looking, was a total night mare. There was a local vet who crossed his foresters with Arabs to make polo ponies, these seemed to be a good mix, there is already quite a bit of Arab in some of the forest lines from when Queen Victoria put them out to pretty up the breed. After the war I believe some Welsh stallions were brought in to strengthen/solidify them up again! Local to me in Devon a neighbour bought a young gelding from the Farriers line, first time I saw him standing at the end of their driveway I though she had bought a warmblood! What ever the cross, they need to be in the right proportion.
 

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I have a forest born part bred NF.

She had next to no handling before I got her at nearly 3. She is fab. The experience of living on the forest meant she got to see loads and was properly socialised with other horses. Exceptional with traffic, open spaces and with other animals. She is not high up the pecking order so is very circumspect.

She is a real character too and absolutely knows her own mind and where she fancies going. She loves food and doesn't need hay unless there is snow on the ground so I can see why it is easy for them to be over fed. She also loves her field shelter.

She is cheap to keep as she doesn't need to be rugged, fed or shod.
 

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Thanks for sharing your experiences of the breed. NF pony arrived yesterday. She's 2 and very fluffy! Travelled well to get here. Getting on well so far with my other two. Her job is to keep my retired mare company while I ride the other but I might show her inhand next summer to give her some experience. She's 13.2 now, hoping she will make 14hh? IMG_2365.JPG
 

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Thanks for sharing your experiences of the breed. NF pony arrived yesterday. She's 2 and very fluffy! Travelled well to get here. Getting on well so far with my other two. Her job is to keep my retired mare company while I ride the other but I might show her inhand next summer to give her some experience. She's 13.2 now, hoping she will make 14hh? IMG_2365.JPG IMG_2365.JPG
 
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Congratulations, she looks lovely. I hope she settles well. Please keep us updated.

I am trying to retrieve pictures of a pony I bred as a 2yo for comparison. Photobucket is demanding money and computer has blue screen of death so it may take a while!😡
 

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Slightly at a tangent but has anyone any experience of NF x TBs? I like a native cross but have never come across that particular variant.

I've had a NF x Welsh who was a lovely if rather nervy chap but made a wonderful therapy pony.
The dam of my event horse was NFxTB. She produced two Intermediate eventers- both not so good on the flat but proper jumpers

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She is beautiful. As a comparison this was my forester aged 2. He was a young stallion at the time at his breeders this was 3 years before I got him. The last 13 years I have had him have passed very quickly.

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Thanks for sharing your experiences of the breed. NF pony arrived yesterday. She's 2 and very fluffy! Travelled well to get here. Getting on well so far with my other two. Her job is to keep my retired mare company while I ride the other but I might show her inhand next summer to give her some experience. She's 13.2 now, hoping she will make 14hh? View attachment 59998 View attachment 59998
 

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I am always of the opinion it is better to use a native stallion over a TB mare I dont know why but they seem much better shape and more chilled
I agree - produces a much nicer horse. My mare is a D x TB out of a TB mare, my previous horse was a the same mix out of a D mare; she is a far superior horse to him. I loved him dearly but he looked like a potato on cocktail sticks and had a sluggish choppy action.
 

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Do the ergot to elbow string test M4, should give you a good guide. With parentage of that height one would imagine you will get 14 hh plus. A good start in life and correct feeding from now on should help as well. Will look forward to watching her progress.
 
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