We love our ponies. To make sure that our ponies can do their important job it is vital that we look after them. Looking after a pony takes lots of hard work but it is fun too.
Our ponies live out in the seven fields around the Indoor Arena, with field shelters, and are paired up with a field mate. They wear special rugs during the winter months.
Did you know…a pony poos around eight times a day. That’s a lot of poo picking!
When the ponies are on duty they are brought in and are groomed and tacked in Tie-ups just outside the Arena. Grooming is a very important part of pony care. Each pony has their own grooming kit with their name on it. Included in each kit is a little card which tells our pony care volunteers about the likes and dislikes of the pony they are grooming. The ponies love to be brushed and our volunteer pony carers enjoy it too. It’s a great way to get to know the ponies but also, importantly, it is a time to check them over and spot any potential health issues.
Ponies love eating grass and that is their main food source during the summer. Between November and April we feed them hard feed (pony nuts) in the morning and hay in the morning and evening. They also enjoy a hay net at the Tie-ups.
Did you know…our ponies get through around 37 square bales of hay per week!
Care of our ponies is managed by our Pony Welfare Management Team. Our ponies have regular veterinary treatment, dental and hoof care. They have their saddles and bridles fitted correctly and checked regularly. We also hold special Horse Behavioural clinics every 1 – 2 years for our ponies, sharers and pony handlers to ensure we know how to get the best from our ponies.
Daily care cost around £3000 for each pony every year. Please help us by becoming a pony sponsor this Christmas 2021.