A few years ago, a story made the rounds on the internet about the New Forest Pony being listed on the U.K.’s Rare Breeds Survival Trust , along with Clydesdale and Shire horses.
Then, author Michelle Holland approached me about appearing here on the blog as she releases her second book for young adults.
New Forest ponies are a breed with a registry and a long history but many are also living and roaming in the New Forest, and a part of British culture since the end of the last Ice Age, according to the New Forest Pony Breeding and Cattle Society.
About 3,000 ponies reportedly roam the New Forest of southern England, but they’re not wild, technically. The New Forest website talks about how they’re owned by “commoners” — think “Boston Commons,” for a starter image — and graze on common lands.