Pony on New Forest found dead with shotgun pellet wounds

Hale Purlieu ( HEN)

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 11:37am 13th December 2018. (Updated at 2:40pm 13th December 2018)

The body of the mare was discovered on Hale Purlieu near Fordingbridge yesterday (12th December).

It's understood a member of the public discovered the pony.

An agister went to investigate and found the mare lying dead in a gorse bush with a number of wounds which appear to have been caused by dispersed shotgun pellets.

A resident heard shotgun fire the previous evening around 7.00pm.

One theory is the someone was poaching the deer and shot the pony by accident.

Several herds of deer have spotted on the National Trust Land in recent days.

Hale Purlieu
Hale Purlieu is a popular spot for dog walkers

A spokesperson for the Verderers told Spire FM it's a "distressing incident" and confirmed Hampshire Police are investigating the incident.

Meanwhile a number of businesses across the New Forest horrified by the incident have pledged a reward. 

Kate Collison, who owns New Forest Tartan, got the ball rolling:

"I felt sick and angry when I found out, I thought there was no way I'm going to sit by and do nothing."


The National Trust owns the land where the incident happened.

In a statement, they've said: 

“We are saddened to confirm that, on Wednesday 12 December, a New Forest pony was reported dead by the New Forest Verderers. 

"As this is now a police matter we are unable to comment further."

Anyone who has any information is urged to call Hampshire Police on 101, quoting reference number 44180462950.

You can call also Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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