How to Prepare for a New Pony

Owning a new animal can be a stressful experience without the added hassle of missing essential items. These instructions cover the basic amenities you will need to prepare for your new pony; helping both of you to live a little more peacefully.


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    Make sure you have a hat (to the correct standard) and all other safety gear you will need for the level of riding you will be doing.
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    Ensure that you have appropriate accommodation for your animal. Remember that different horses live in different conditions e.g. some may live outside all year round and others need permanent stabling. A horse needs between one and one and a half acres of space in a field. Horses are also herd animals and should have company at all times.
    • Remember that irrespective of the accommodation all animals need a plentiful supply of clean water and food.
    • It is best to find a stable yard in your area with people who can help you and this will provide company for your horse.
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    Buy or acquire tools needed to clean up after your animal such as a sweeping brush, shavings fork and wheelbarrow. These should be in good condition as they will hopefully last a long time.
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    Get all the cleaning equipment for your horse that you need. Brushes, combs, plaiting gear, shampoos, fly sprays, and so on. It is also useful to get grooming boxes so that everything is accessible and easy to carry.
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    Get all the rugs you will need for your horse. Even if they are un-clipped and live in a stable 24/7 they will still need warm rugs for cold weather.
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    Although you may be getting tack, head collars, boots etc. from the previous owner, it may be useful to get spares, or anything you think you need but don't have.
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    You may find that over the course of owning a horse you start to pick up odds and ends. Lunging gear, traveling gear (although your new horse should come with some), fancy training items, lots of supplements, competition gear, etc. Most of this stuff is not needed right away but if you keep the horse you WILL need it in the future.
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    Acquire hay nets and separate buckets for food and water for your animal. Remember to get spares since horses can stand on or chew anything left with them overnight.
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    Buy feed for your horse that is good quality. You should begin with what your horse's previous owners used to use and only gradually swap over to something else if you need to.
    • The feed your horse will require is dependent on the horse's weight and the type and amount of work that they do so always check the bag of feed or supplier for more information.
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    Get a first aid kit. An equine first aid kit is essential and although other people may have one on hand for emergencies it's best to be prepared!
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    Check that you have access to emergency numbers for a vet and farrier.
    • Contact the farrier beforehand to check prices etc. as any horse will need to see a farrier approx. once every 4-6 weeks regardless of whether it is shod.


  • Try getting part-livery or something like it to help you out.
  • Name everything! Stuff can go wandering all the time and it's important that you can identify it as yours.
  • Be respectful when talking to farriers, vets, yard owners etc. They are more likely to give you help and advice if you act nicely towards them.


  • This is just a basic guide/checklist and only contains minimal information. It is assumed that if you are buying a horse you know how to look after it. Check with your horse's previous owner or yard manager if you need more help.
  • Don't immediately alter a horse's feed, tack or other supplies. Change over slowly and only do so if necessary.
  • Horses are expensive. Don't try to cut corners when dealing with your horse e.g. not asking the farrier to come out in order to save money could lead to your horse developing very serious problems with its hooves.
  • Not everyone will be helpful to you as a new horse owner. Ideally take someone with you who is knowledgeable about horses and knows the local area well when you look at new yards or buy feed etc.
  • Horses tend to like getting treats, but just because you can't buy food doesn't mean to give it unhealthy food!

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