It never fails to fill me with awe to see ponies prancing about and trotting right up to the main streets of Beaulieu. They're completely at ease with strangers walking up to them. Each pony is branded with its owner's mark but is allowed to roam the forest freely. The donkeys are a lot bolder though. They'll poke their heads through your car window hoping to nab some food. I'm a city gal and sights like these are utterly foreign to me.
One other thing which only a fellow foreigner will completely understand and not snicker. New Forest was King William the Conqueror's hunting ground since 1079. Yup. That old. So I had to touch the soil just so that I can brag that I've actually touched a thousand year old history (give or take a few decades. What's a few when we're talking a thousand?!).