The New Forest was made a personal hunting ground by William the Conqueror in 1066 and has been the home of the New Forest Ponies ever since.
The breed is one of only 14 native horse and pony breeds left in the United Kingdom.
Timeline created by Emily Keogh
Numbers are gradually rising following the introduction of the schemes to improve the genetic quality of the foals.
The foreign market has steadily increased following these changes.
The pony still remains on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust rare breeds watchlist due to the lack of breeding mares.
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