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post #11 of 17 Old 01-22-2015, 03:33 AM
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Hills can be fantastic to help build hind end/lower back strength and as a consequence, be great for horses with locking patellas, IME. As is stepping over stuff - caviletti for eg. But I'd get onto a good chiro to treat/advise first & follow their exercise suggestions.
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post #12 of 17 Old 01-22-2015, 04:32 AM
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This pony should see a Vet before doing and hard work
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post #13 of 17 Old 01-22-2015, 04:46 AM
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I'm assuming she's an American Shetland pony and not a 'true' Shetland pony?
Yes I was going to say that by UK standards that is a very fine Shetland pony. A Shetland pony should be broad with a leg at each corner type.
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post #14 of 17 Old 01-22-2015, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
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This pony should see a Vet before doing and hard work
Yes we will see a vet. We defininitely aren't planning on giving her hard work right off the bat, no riding, nothing.
While this won't delay our first vet visit, I've also been told with sticky stifle to make sure the horse is at 7-8 on a 1-10 fitness scale before pursuing other methods of treatment. Oftentimes sticky stifle is fixed with strengthening of those muscles. I know this pony isn't fit right now. She's a pony after all and she's been sitting in a drylot with nothing to do, and I'm pretty sure thats why she's having the platella problems.

Gentle, regular exercise to help her strengthen all those muscles and get back in shape all round is what we're aiming for. If we can't fix the stifle, then like I said she'll at least have a great home here with lots of kids to put bows in her hair.
I'm hopeful that this will be an educational and happy experience for us! The kids have been taking care of dairy goats for a couple of years now and a pony is a exciting step.
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This pony looks to be a fairly long suffering type - the same can't be said of lots of British Shetlands and mini's - they don't always make great ponies for kids to play with so as well as the soundness thing be sure this pony does enjoy all the petting stuff - and even though its almost the size of a large dog - it isn't.
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I love little pony like that for packing. We backpack but can't carry all our own gear so a pony or 2 or 3 come along (depends on amounts of people and length of trip) pack our food and tents.

The small size is great for loading, feeding, and leading. They have no problems getting down the trail, and if it's a pony that's gotten to live 'wild' in harsh terrain they will be able to traverse easily off trail hiking.:)


I am all for pack ponies!
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post #17 of 17 Old 02-12-2015, 03:17 PM
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idk she looks JUST like my shetland/welsh pony Alfie! just a little thinner! I thought american shetlands tend to look more like mini saddlebreds?
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