Sutton Park Horses
Sutton Park is one of my favourite places in Birmingham. Yesterday evening Ed and I went for a walk around the Bracebridge lakes. It’s my favourite part of the park because of the horses, and we got lucky because we saw them. If you want to see the Sutton Park ponies but find them a little bit illusive, the best time of day to go seems to be early evening, around 6pm or so. The Sutton Park horses keep to themselves in the woodland when it’s very busy, but tend to graze on the open heathland to the north of Little Bracebridge Pool when it’s quiet. If you arrive and can’t see them, scan the treeline across the heather – with your eyes not your feet – because sometimes they’ll be in twos and threes and are a little harder to spot. As with all of the posts I share about the Sutton Park ponies, it’s important for me to repeat the following: please don’t feed them, touch them, or stand too close to them.
Remember to keep your distance. They’re fairly calm, but the Sutton Park horses are wild animals and the park is their home so it’s important that they don’t feel stressed out by humans approaching them whilst they graze. You’ll know if you’re too close, as they’ll walk away from you. Don’t follow them. I always use a longer lens to photograph them so that I never get too close and can stick to the main paths. If you like horses, here are some more photographs of the Sutton Park ponies and wild ponies across the UK that I have captured over the past few years.