Fresh reminder to drivers over foals in New Forest

Fresh reminder to drivers over foals in New Forest

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 1:31pm 9th July 2019.

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Over the weekend there were two accidents on the same stretch of road near Fordingbridge involving young animals.

On Saturday morning (6th July) a donkey foal outside the Fighting Cocks pub in Godshill on the B3078 was hit by a vehicle.

The driver fled the scene without reporting the incident, an agister called to the scene says the foal was lame but otherwise OK and luckily didn't need to be put down.

Fighting Cocks Godshill
Donkeys often gather in the car park and road of the Fighting Cocks pub

Then on Sunday around 5.30am a filly foal was involved in an accident also on the B3078, this time at Deadmans Hill.

The young pony was badly injured and had to be put down.

The driver involved in this case did do the right thing and contacted officials.

It's the law to report all accidents involving a pony, donkey, cow, or sheep as soon as possible to police, and within 24 hours.


In May a campaign was launched to remind motorists of the skittish nature of foals and to get them to slow down.

Foals have even less road sense than older ponies and are very unpredictable, often running in circles near their mother, making them more likely to be involved in an accident.

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The B3078 was identified as a high risk route for accidents earlier this year.

Police continue to monitor the route in a bid to get drivers to stick to the 40mph limit.

The latest was just days ago.

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