| Pigs are turned out in the New Forest in the Autumn to forage on the fallen acorns. This Forest tradition is called pannage. Pannage is no longer carried out in many areas, but is still observed in the New Forest of Southern England, where it is also known as "Common of Mast". It is still an important part of the Forest ecology and helps the husbandry of the other New Forest livestock as pigs can safely eat acorns as a large part of their diet,
whereas excessive amounts may be poisonous to ponies and cattle.
Not every horse likes pigs, some can be quite terrified,
so it's worth making sure your horse gets used to them first in a safe environment.