BEFORE YOU BUY
Collect a buyer’s card giving you an identity number
from the auctioneers’ office and purchase a sale catalogue.
Note that bidding is in guineas, ie one guinea = £1.05.
All lots are subject to VAT unless otherwise stated at the
time of sale. All lots at the fall of the hammer become
the property of the purchaser.
Ensure you have a suitable trailer/lorry for the transport
of unhandled stock before you bid. Most stock will have
to travel loose so ensure that your lorry is partitioned
into pens of not more than 3.7 metres length: and that trailers
have a fully closed rear, either by having doors, bars or
a grille fitted above the ramp. Ensure that there are no
loose objects or protuberances in your trailer/lorry. Do
not use haynets — a loose animal could get caught
up in one.
In all cases you should comply with all current legislation,
eg the Transit of Animals (Road and Rail) Order 1975 and
the Welfare of Animals (Transport) Order 1997. The police
are present and check all vehicles thoroughly.
HOW THE SALE WORKS
Vendors back in their lorries onto the loading ramps and
the ponies are off-loaded into inspection pens. Here they
are checked by NFLS stewards and a veterinary surgeon for
general condition. Any animal considered in poor condition,
unwell (eg showing signs of cough, runny nose, ringworm
etc), injured, too immature, or not up to travelling some
distance, will be rejected and not allowed into the sale.
The auctioneers check the details of the animal against
the entry made by the vendor and a sales ticket showing
the lot number is pasted on the pony’s rump.
Passports, or registration application forms for some Forest-born
foals, are lodged in the New Forest Pony Breeding and Cattle
SocieWs (NFPB&CS) mobile office.
The ponies are penned up according to their lot numbers
and moved along to the sale ring, in as near as possible
correct numerical order. Each pony goes through the sale
The sale is divided into four sections:
1. Ponies eligible for registration with the NFPB&CS.
2. Ponies fully registered with passports issued by the
3. Ponies registered as First Cross or Part Bred New Forest
Ponies, issued with
passports by the NFPB&CS.
4. Animals not eligible for the above sections. They hold
either identity-only passports
for equines of unknown breeding, or passports issued by
PlOs other than the
From the sale ring, ponies are released into collecting
pens and are then moved into watering and hayed-up pens.
AFTER YOU HAVE MADE A PURCHASE
Pay at the auctioneers’ office and collect your receipt.
Go to the NFPB&CS office to collect documentation. You
will be given either a full passport, or a copy of a registration
application form which will be made up to a passport and
sent to you shortly, on payment of the £7 transfer
Unless stated otherwise, assume that all ponies are not
halter broken. Do not attempt to put headcollars on before
loading. The official handlers are experienced stockmen
used to dealing with unhandled ponies. Show them your receipt
and ask them to load your animals.
WHEN YOU GET HOME
Your stable should have no loose objects or protuberances
which your youngster could get caught up in. Do not use
haynets. For the first few days shut the top door or fit
two wooden bars across the upper half of the stable door.
Before unloading, fit a headcollar which has a short grab-length
of baler twine fitted. Do not remove this headcollar for
several days, until you have established a satisfactory
relationship handling your youngster.
Fit a very long leadrope (8-10 feet or more) to the headcollar
before you get the youngster out of the lorry/trailer.
Keep the youngster stabled for a few days until it is eating
and drinking and knows you. Do not expect to be able to
catch unhandled youngstock if turned out in a field. Lead
out for daily exercise and a little grazing.
To make physical contact with an unhandled youngster, approach
the withers, not the head. Gently groom with either hand
or brush working from the withers along the back, and from
the withers along the neck. Move slowly and talk quietly
to establish communication and confidence.
If possible, use a halter (ie, not a headcollar) to lead
your foal out. A well-fitting halter has a self-regulating
reaction on the foal and you will have much more control
if he rears, pulls etc, until he has learned to walk quietly
Worm immediately and establish a regular worming programme.
Keep your passport safely. You will need to produce it
for veterinary treatment or to sell the pony.
Beware of the temptation to overfeed. The native pony’s
natural food does not consist of knee-high lush grass or
large amounts of concentrates. Overfeeding can lead to digestive
and laminitic problems and too rapid growth,
which can put excessive strain on the legs and joints.