Getting a horse next month. Desperate help needed :(

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    04-12-2009, 11:29 AM
Exclamation Getting a horse next month. Desperate help needed :(

I need help asap..
The thing is
I may be getting a new forst pony from an auction..
MAY be no older than 5

Im not sure what they eat before being sold. No imformation is give when you get it, excpet for a few things..

When I get it....what do I feed it?
I really have no clue

PS - don't bother answering if you are going to moan at me about my experience
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    04-12-2009, 12:51 PM
Well if this was going to be my horse, I would give him plenty of grass hay or a grass hay mix. He would be quarantined anyway, so no grass for the moment unless you have a separate paddock for him. Most ponies don't need grain, but if he needed it, I would slowly introduce him to my grain. Just giving him a few handfuls at first, and gradually working up over the next few days until you have the amount you want him to get.
    04-12-2009, 01:32 PM
My trainer rescued an OTTB with little to no history. He was super hopped up on some kind of crazy sweet feed. She just fed him grass hay free choice for the first month. With plenty of loose minerals available.
    04-12-2009, 08:38 PM
Yup, just free choice hay and water. Have a salt block and minerals available also. I would stay entirely away from grains and supplements until (s)he is settled in and even then I would be leary of grains. (S)he may not need anything more and you will need an even keel to start out with. Be prepared for a long time for the horse to settle in... Don't expect ANYTHING except building a good relationship for the first month. As you say, you will have no idea of the history, so take it slowly.
    04-12-2009, 11:39 PM
I would stick to the basics. You will see quickly enough if that pony needs anything extra but most are generally easy keepers. Just make sure you get a full vet done once home so you know if there is anything you should be worried about, or caring for.
    04-12-2009, 11:53 PM
I agree. Most ponies are easy. I would give him free choice hay/grass with mineral/salt blocks, and keep him quarantined if you have other horses until the vet gives him a clean bill of health, and he has all his shots.

When you have your vet check done, talk to your vet too - he or she should be able to tell you if your particular pony needs anything special.

Good luck!
    04-13-2009, 08:40 AM
Green Broke
Do you know how to ride? Do you have a trainer you work with?

I agree, grass type hay would be best. Most ponies will do well on 2% of their body weight in hay a day, no other grain or feeds needed. I would provide him/her a salt lick and some vitamins. You can mix the vitamins with a handful or two of chaffe or feed, or buy pre-made vitamin "treats" if they're available in your area (UK right?).

The first thing I would do is call around and find a vet. When you bring your new pony home, have the vet do an exam, give him/her vaccinations, and recommend a feed and care plan for the pony.

Next you need to find a farrier. Have the farrier out within a month of getting the pony to give him/her a trim and decide on appropriate foot care.

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