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The Drift

By Scutter
Every autumn the Agisters organise a series of drifts when all the commonerís ponies are rounded up. The round-up is done on horseback at high speed. They are moved off the forest to a pound. They are checked over, wormed, the colts in particular and any old or sick ponies are removed from the forest and the dues for grazing on the forest are paid. Their tails are trimmed to signify that this has been paid.

A few shots from the Mill Lawn Drift last week end. I ran these through Lightroom and played about with the Phaded photo preset

Tags: Photo journalism General New forest Ponies Drift Pets and captive animals

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nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
22 Sep 2010 8:41PM
Very nice achievement, Scutter! I love the 3 versions! Well done!

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22 Sep 2010 8:50PM
Beautiful set of images! V3 for me!

Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2010 8:59PM
A very good set of photos. This is still something I've yet to see. It must be an exciting event to witness.

Scutter Plus
10 1.7k 6 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2010 9:13PM
The round up itself happens very quickly, in fact at breakneck speed! The rest of the day is more leisurely by comparison and has a social element to it for the commoners. is not widely advertised as too many spectators can cause problems and impede the drift itself.

Thanks for your comments folks!
nimmo47 9 6 England
22 Sep 2010 9:45PM
Great set love all three.
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
22 Sep 2010 11:23PM
Nice set of shots .
User_Removed 9 26 2 United States
23 Sep 2010 12:19AM
v1 for me - wonderful scene with movement and color.
23 Sep 2010 4:23PM
Great set of shots - love V1

Scutter Plus
10 1.7k 6 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2010 6:21PM
thank you all for your comments!
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2010 8:59PM
I used to live and work in the New Forest, Ben, and remember these scenes very well. I particularly like the wide view and all the action in V1.
Stubill 10 107 England
5 Oct 2010 10:09PM
Excellent stuff Ben

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