STALLIONS being released into the New Forest today could be dangerous to members of the public.

New Forest National Park Authority and police have warned people to keep their distance from the 20 stallions.

They said it is important to keep your distance "while the boys are out with the mares" and added: "The erratic behaviour can be dangerous."

The Commoners Defence Association has also reminded dog owners to keep their pets under control and to be on their guard.

A spokesman said: "Please keep away from the stallions and unless it is completely unavoidable, do not ride or walk through the pony herds.

"Please keep dogs under close control at all times. Please help us to ensure the certainty of the registered New Forest pony breed by giving the stallions respect and lots of space."