There’s a good reason why you shouldn’t feed the ponies- feeding encourages them to hang-around by the roadside, and that’s a recipe for disaster.
An animal gets killed on the Forest roads at least once a week. Sometimes the injured animal might wander away in great pain, and suffer for a long time before being found.
So don\’t feed the ponies- and pass the message on.
One of the sad parts of an agister’s job is to shoot animals that are badly hurt in motoring accidents. About two animals are killed every week on the Forest roads. Raymond Stickland, now a retired agister, remembers a particular accident with a honeymoon couple that caused him special problems.