Packed full of advice and information, "Shetland Pony: Purchase And Care Guide" offers the first time horse owner a step by step progression from the first enquiry through to purchase and care of their animal. This book takes the reader through the different stages of buying or loaning a Shetland Pony and then covers all the requirements essential for care whether the pony is being kept on a livery yard or at home. This book covers all bases - feeding, watering, grooming, grassland management, veterinary care, breaking in a young horse, travelling and transport and saying goodbye - so that the reader can understand the challenges and excitement of owing a pony. It is written very much with the first time owner in mind from a writer who is very experienced at distilling sometimes complex and overwhelming information and presenting this to someone new to the subject. This book does not intend therefore to be an authoritative guide but does set out the parameters of horse ownership in a very practical and constructive way. This book is about the Shetland Pony so there is a very interesting chapter about this breed although much of the subject matter relates to all ponies and will therefore be a very useful guide to anyone thinking of buying a pony. There are interesting anecdotes and references to the wider equestrian world which is a benchmark of the writer's experience. All in all, an excellent introduction to the concept of new pony ownership and everything that this can involve. Covered in this book: - Origin - What to buy - Where to buy - Trying ponies before purchase - Vetting - Bringing home your pony - Grassland and stabling - Exercise and ridden work - Caring for your horse - Grooming - Feeding - Daily routine - Weekly routine - Monthly routine - Minor ailments - Costs - Travelling .... and much more
Shetland Pony. Shetland Pony Owner's Manual. Shetland Pony Book for Care, Costs, Health, Diet and Grooming.
Shetland ponies are cute, squat, intelligent little equines that originate from the Shetland Isles. They come in different colours and colour combinations and have beautiful long manes and tails. You will find them in two sizes, standard and miniature. Shetland ponies have been transformed into film, television, animation and an endless range of toys that children can't get enough of. But Shetland ponies aren't just for children, many adults compete in events, like carting and carriage racing, with Shetland ponies. Whatever the reason that you want to get a Shetland pony, you can't go wrong! They are friendly companions that can be easily trained, and many become keen competitors in all types of events and competitions. Shetland ponies are also gentle and understanding, so they make ideal pets and rides for children, as well as companion animals to people and other equines. Shetland ponies are known to be easy keepers, and they are. They are hardy, strong equines that have few genetic diseases, and are not inclined to diseases, other than dietary related conditions. Learning how to feed a Shetland pony properly is key to keeping it in good health, and novice owners must pay careful attention to their Shetland pony's dietary needs. Shetland ponies originate from working ponies. On the Shetland Isles they were used to pull carts, ploughs and as transport for centuries, and in the 1800's they were used in the mining industry. They are physically strong and comparing size for size, they are the strongest of all equines. That means that they have to be properly trained at an early age to get the best out of them. Their gentle nature and feisty spirit is an excellent combination but requires a firm but gentle hand when training them. This book will take a novice owner through the history of Shetland ponies, as well as explain their specific needs and how to take care of them. A well trained and properly fed Shetland pony will reward you with love, loyalty, willingness, plenty of laughs and lots of entertainment as its fun, cheeky personality comes through. Covered in this book: - Accessories - Activities - Breed standards - Choosing the right pony - Common diseases - Costs - Daily care - Diet - Equine terminology - Grooming - Health - History - Licencing - Stable management - Temperament .... and much more
Discusses the physical characteristics, care and feeding, equipment, and training of Shetland ponies.