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February

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Preparing for Spring

Owners of New Forest Ponies can have them judged in the Forest Fed competition, with considerable pride attached to winning in their own area of the Forest or even across the whole Forest. The breed has developed over generations in its capability to live out on the Open Forest all year round, and the Forest Fed competition is the first opportunity for commoners to compete, judging those in best condition as the winter draws to an end.

Some commoners continue the tradition of heather baling, and controlled burning may resume on the heaths, under the careful control of the Forestry Commission and overseen by Natural England in order to achieve the best for both grazing and for the exceptional biodiversity that this carefully managed landscape supports.

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