Today's New Forest pony is a recognizable type of pony, and broken in ponies exhibit a friendly, calm temperament. The breed is noted for strength, nimble footedness, speed, and intelligence. The New Forest is mainly used for riding, although it goes well in harness. It is used for trekking and forest rides, and is an excellent Pony Club all rounder and family pony for hacking, hunting, or competing. New Forest ponies stand about 14 hands high.