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post #1 of 5 Old 05-24-2011, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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Pony nutrition

We are looking at getting a pony down the road (in a few months). My son wants to show more and my daughter just wants to sit on anything with 4 legs. I have not had a pony in YEARS. I hear allot about ponies foundering and other food related issues.

Assuming we will be getting a healthy little pip squeak how do we keep it that way? It will be on coastal hay and.........feed suggestions? We get deliveries at my barn from the local Banks Mills dealer and that is what my horses are on. Would a low starch feed be what I need to look into or just putting it on an alfalfa cube ration could keep it in good shape?

It will get ample exercise since it will be ridden by my two children and my friends children if they ever want to and on turn out in the paddock with my other two horses.

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post #2 of 5 Old 05-26-2011, 02:23 PM
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I give my hard keeper a ration balancer and alfalfa pellets and my easy keepers just get a vitamin supplement along with MSM for joints/occasional cough. They all get free choice hay too. Low starch is good for any horse. The vitamin supplement my easy keepers are on is called Mega-Cell. It's not the best, but it's what I can afford. SmartVite EZ Keeper Grass or Maintenance Grass would be better, but it's also more pricey. You can get all of those from SmartPak. You're on the right track! Good luck with your pony!

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post #3 of 5 Old 06-01-2011, 03:18 AM
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I really like this article about pony nutrition.It is informative and will help everyone who have horse.thanks for the posting such a new kind of information.
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-28-2011, 02:43 PM
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I hope you don't mind if I bump this up for you Cecillia.

For about a month now I've been feeding horse miniature horses Purina's new Miniature Horse & Pony feed.

My horses are doing great on it.

Here's one of them, a yearling gelding named Pete:

Before the Switch:

Two Weeks after the Switch:

Three Weeks after the Switch:

With his dam. You can see the shine in his coat.

I have all of my minis on it. Lactating Mare, non-pregnant mare, gelding, three yearlings. And my foal even eats it alongside her dam.

Here's a link to the feed:
Purina Horse Feeds - MINIATURE HORSE & PONY

Just thought I'd post this!

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post #5 of 5 Old 07-01-2011, 10:34 PM
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I have never had a pony either, but we got one a few months ago, and all I can say is, they are fun, but they can get FAT easily. I have a grazing muzzle for my pony, and I think you only need a vitamin and grass/hay. If you turn your pony out in the day, I would suggest the grazing muzzle if you have lush pasture with a lot of grass - ponies have slow metabolisms as they were adapted to harsh climate and had to walk and walk to find food all the time (I looked up a little pony history), so you have to watch out on a pony that just hangs in the pasture eating grass. You would be SURPRISED at how much a pony can eat! Also, it depends a lot on what is in your pastures, too. We have some clover here, so she always gets the muzzle, even at night! We use the Best Friend Deluxe Have a Heart muzzle and she likes it, takes it fine, and is comfortable - no rubbing or sores or anything! If you are going to turn your pony out 24/7, I would strongly suggest one. Grand Meadows Grand Vite is great and very complete. Smart Pak is good, too. I would also suggest getting a weight tape and checking your pony to see how your program is going and make adjustments if necessary.
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