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Sunday, November 11, 2012
Supplies Needed for Owning a Miniature Horse or Pony
If you are considering getting a
miniature horse or pony you might be wondering what supplies you
need. Or perhaps you know somebody who owns a miniature horse or
pony and are looking for gift ideas.
Halters and Lead Shanks
Normally a horse or pony is sold with a
halter and lead shank, but not always, and sometimes it is just a
good idea to have a spare halter and a few lead shanks If you intend
to show your miniature horse or pony in conformation or halter
classes you will also need a more decorative halter and shank for
There are many grooming supplies you
need for brushing your miniature horse or pony. You will want a
curry comb and dandy brush, as well as a mane and tail comb and hoof
pick. There are other brushes and grooming tools that can be
purchased later, including horse shampoo and conditioner. You may
want to get a grooming kit to carry around your supplies in.
Medications and Wormers
Miniature horses and ponies should be
wormed once a year if they have a large pasture with only a few
horses, twice a year is better if there are many equines in the same
Pretty much those are all the things
you really need to buy for your miniature horse or pony unless you
want to ride it, but do note that only the larger miniature horses
are suitable for riding, the smaller ones are normally only suited as
“pets” or for driving and should not be ridden.
If you are thinking of riding your
miniature horse or pony the other supplies you will want are as
Bridle and Bit
Bridles come in many styles, if your
pony is already broke to ride you should know what type of bridle and
bit were being used on it before you bought it and should stick
with the same type. Inexperienced riders should use snaffle bits
rather than curb bits as a jerk on the reins with a curb bit can
really hurt a horse's mouth. There are many different types of
snaffle, some being more severe than others. Click here to learn
more about bits and how they work.
Saddle and Saddle Pad
Saddles need to fit the horse and
rider. If your pony has high withers and a narrow build be sure to
select a saddle to fit it, the same applies to fatter, wider ponies.
Saddle pads are also required and go under the saddle. You will also
require a girth, or cinch, to keep the saddle on the horse. You can
also buy bareback pads to make bareback riding more comfortable.
Boots, Helmets, and other Riding
Boots with a heel are a must as they
prevent the rider's foot from going through the stirrup. Helmets are
also an essential. Even a fall from a short horse can be dangerous
if your head hits the wall or is stepped on by the horse.
Bonus Supplies for Owners of Miniature Horses or Ponies
You may also want to buy toys for
horses, such as balls they can play with in their pasture. Toys are
particularly important for horses or ponies that live alone. Toys
help relieve boredom and may prevent problem behavior such as weaving
You may also want to consider
supplements and treats. These help an owner to bond with their
equine. Generally miniature horses and ponies do not need a lot of
rich feed (and can founder if overfed a grain ration) but supplements
can be used to improve the quality of their coat and herbal remedies
can help with some behavior problems (such as moody mares).
For a new owner a book on horse and
pony care might also be a good gift idea.