As probably everyone who reads these lines is aware, the New Forest owes its existence as a royal forest to William the Conqueror; and it is pretty certain that since the days of that monarch it has been to a greater or less extent the home of horses of some shape or other. The extent of the crown property here is about 70,000 acres, and admirers of the ponies that exist in the forest are in the habit of claiming for them that they are indigenous to the locality; but whether this is the case or not, it can scarcely be claimed for the present representatives of the ancient race that they appear to have repaid the care that has been bestowed upon them. So far back as the middle of the eighteenth century the famous Marske, the sire of Eclipse, was covering mares in the neighbourhood of the forest at a half-guinea fee, whilst in more recent days the services of Arab stallions have been available through the good offices of the late Prince Consort, and no doubt the large number of grays that are met with in the district strain back to the latter horses. Still, in spite of the advantages it has received, the New Forest pony of the present day is in appearance beneath the level of the Dartmoor or the Exmoor, as it fails to equal these varieties both in head and shoulders, added to which it is often badly goose-rumped; but it possesses plenty of courage and dash, and makes an excellent trapper, so there is reason to believe that the exertions which are being made to improve the breed will be crowned by excellent results. At present there is an association in existence for the purpose of improving the variety; but though the writer made enquiries and asked for information concerning it, no reply was received, and consequently it is but reasonable to infer that no tangible results have hitherto been attained by the promoters thereof.