Poplar Ponies is owned and operated by Emily Black in Florence, South Carolina. Emily is an avid dressage rider with over 25 years of experience in the equine industry. The farm covers almost 80 acres with large grassy pastures planted with coastal Bermuda. We constructed the farm with our ponies in mind and the goal to allow a very natural lifestyle. Every pony has 24/7 outdoor access either living out or having a stall with pasture access. This means they get constant fresh air, movement and grazing which keeps everyone strong and feeling their best. The young ponies & mares with foals live in groups to allow for appropriate socialization and development. The older ponies who are in training have their own stall/pastures. This allows them to interact with their friends over the fence but we don't have those annoying kicks/bites to deal with. Their diet is mainly forage based with ration balancer provided as needed, which works well for these easy keepers. Having happy, healthy ponies is our top priority!
Our goal is to breed friendly, easy to train, sound ponies that will also be competitive in the show ring. We believe this starts with high quality brood mares. Only mares that are sound of body AND mind will be bred. Our mares double as riding ponies, to not only prove their quality, but also to give us a better idea of what to breed for. Each mare was selected for temperament, soundness, movement and bloodlines. While we breed very athletic ponies (and you will see New Forests excelling in many sports!) temperament is our top priority. We want ponies that children and adults amateurs can ride and enjoy themselves. The fact that they can also bring home blue ribbons is just the cherry on top.
The New Forest Pony is an exceptional breed, one that excels in multiple disciplines - from dressage to driving, endurance to eventing, hunters to hacking -
making it the perfect all around equine for show or pleasure.
New Forests are noted for their more horse-like movement, friendly, easy-to-train temperaments and a great sense of humor. Suitable for children and adults alike, the New Forest is a hardy breed that can bring decades of happiness to entire families.
Breed Standards from the New Forest Pony Society of North America
The following are the standards to which purebred ponies must adhere for entry into the NFPSNA studbook as a purebred New Forest Pony: