Horse and Pony Care

Horse and Pony Care

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This text is aimed at children learning to ride in a riding school, who would like to have a pony of their own. It provides in-depth information about riding and horse-care, from basic horse and pony management, through stabling, feeding and grooming, to healthcare routine and coping with problems.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 64 pages
  • 223 x 282mm | 606g
  • Kingfisher Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 250 photographs and illustrations, glossary, index
  • 0753406799
  • 9780753406793

Table of contents

1 Title; 2-3 Imprint/Contents; 4 Keeping a Pony; General introduction; 5-7 What a pony needs; The basic needs of a horse and pony - food, shelter, exercise, companionship - and how they can be provided; 8-9 Ways of keeping a pony; The different stable and field management regimes; 10-11 Where to keep a pony; Stabling, living out, and a combination of the two; 12-13 A stable of your own; The ideal stable layout; the need for other buildings for feed, bedding etc; siting the muck heap, size of stable; 14-15 Stable management; General stable management, including equipment, step-by-step mucking out procedure, bedding storage and watering; 16-17 Choosing a field; What it needs - the type of pasture, fencing, gates, water supply, shade and shelter, poisonous plants; 18-19 Looking after the field; Removing droppings, topping, harrowing, liming, rolling, grazing with cattle/sheep, checking for litter, broken fences etc; 20-21 Turning out and catching; How to lead a pony; turning out into the field and checking the pony every day; catching a pony using titbits; how to catch a difficult pony 22 Feeding; General introduction; 23 Feeding rules; The different methods of feeding a horse; 24-25 Types of feed; Types of hard feed and bulk feed, general rules of feeding and watering, soaking hay, grazing, titbits; 26-27 Feeding different ponies; Thin and fat ponies - how to feed them; calculating a pony's weight; 'starvation paddocks'; soaking and weighing hay; measuring food; 28 Grooming; General introduction; 29 Grooming equipment; What the different brushes etc are used for.; 30-31 Grooming routines; Grooming routines for stabled and grass-kept ponies; 32-33 Foot care; Structure of foot and step-by-step how a pony is shod; 34-35 Washing a horse; Washing and sponging; combing out; step-by-step putting on a tail bandage; 36-37 Clipping a horse; Why clipping may be necessary, how to clip, types of clip, most suitable clips for ponies; 38 Looking After a Pony; General introduction; 39 Care after exercise; Cooling off a hot and sweating horse or pony, sponging down, brushing down, checking legs for thorns, checking feet; 40-41 Choosing a rug; Types of rug and what they are used for, measuring for a rug, putting on a rug, care of rugs 42-43 Tack and its care; Headcollars, bridles and saddles; step-by-step cleaning a bridle; 44-45 Shoeing a horse or pony; Different types of shoe; farrier's tools; step-by-step shoeing sequence; 46-47 Travelling safely; Protective clothing and bandaging, and how to put them on; loading and unloading; 48-49 Summer and winter care; Rationing rich grass, dealing with flies, providing shade from hot sun, and from wet and windy weather in summer; keeping warm, giving extra feed, ensuring there is a water supply, exercise in icy weather, and feeding according to exercise in winter; 50 Health Care; General introduction; 51 Signs of good health; How to recognize that a horse or pony is healthy and happy; 52-53 Health routine; Signs of sickness, worming, teeth care and vaccinations; 54-55 First aid; Basic first aid kit for horses and ponies; cleaning a wound; lameness; poultices; step-by-step; 56-57 Common ailments; Dealing with common ailments such as colic, laminitis, mud fever, sweet itch, bots etc. and how to avoid them; 58-59 Nursing back to health; Companionship, feeding and exercise; 60-61 Points of a horse; Reference spread with large diagram of horse annotated with all the points; the skeleton; the digestive system; 62-63 Glossary; 64 Index/Acknowledgements
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