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    Preparing for a New Pony

    My family is finally preparing for a new furry family member! I wanted to make a fun little thread to see what supplies members here purchase when they welcome a new pony to their family! Pony will be living at a boarding facility, so of course that cuts down on some of the supplies needed for a healthy & happy pony. Some of the items we have already gathered are listed below. We will be working with a local saddlery to fit our pony once she settles in. Of course the new riding breeches were a "spur" of the moment add on because who doesn't love new tights?! We already have the riding essentials (helmet, breeches, boots, gloves) needed for lessons & leasing. Hopefully this thread stimulates a lovely interchange between members regarding their must-have supplies for a new pony!
    Fly Spray
    Weight Tape
    Coat Polish
    Hoof Conditioner
    Shampoo
    Conditioner
    Detangler
    Fly Mask
    Halter & Lead
    Stirrups
    Stirrup Leathers
    Saddle Pad #1
    Saddle Pad #2
    Grooming Kit
    Mane Brush
    Bareback Pad
    Breeches x2
    Sweat Scraper
    Leather Cleaner
    Martingale
    Bridle, Reins, & Bit
    Fly Sheet
    Turnout Blanket
    Girth
    Insurance



    #2
    Pony Bridle

    Cob sized cheek pieces in hopes pony bridle can be made to fit

    @*#+%!!!

    Cob Bridle


    Small boots

    Very very small boots

    @*#+%!!!!!!

    Not quite so very small boots

    Measuring tape

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      #3
      If it's an actual pony:

      Grazing muzzle

      Sense of humor

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        #4
        Congrats on a new pony!

        some of the things on your list might not be necessary, such as coat polish (really only needed for shows and even then a good shampoo + grooming usually works); hoof conditioner (many of these farriers actually advise against using and if the horse has good feet, best to leave them alone other than picking and frequent farrier visits); weight tape (can be useful, but most people don't use them very often).

        Things not on your list that can be useful:
        • if you plan on doing jumping or trail riding: boots for the horse's legs
        • standing wraps + pillows (if you don't feel very comfortable wrapping legs, better to buy the quick wrap optionss)
        First aid supplies:
        • Vetricyin, silver sparay or some other kind of minor wound treatment
        • Banimine is always good to have on hand. The boarding facility might have some or they might not, good to double check
        • Vetwrap
        • Saline solution (I keep this in my first aid stuff and is very useful to have around in case the horse gets something in the eye the human kind works fine)
        • Thermometer (human kind works fine)

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          #5
          I agree with what has been said above. Even if the pony is being boarded at a barn, it is always handy to have a few basic first aid supplies of your own!
          Best of luck!

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            #6
            I just add a halter and fly mask to my supplies on hand. Of course I already have most everything I need.

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              #7
              Agree that you really don't 'need' the hoof or coat polish
              I would not buy fly sheets. masks, boots, etc until you actually can try them on the pony.
              Fly spray ? And an extra lead rope. Hay nets?
              And yes...investing in a first aid kit... several rolls of vet wrap, 4x4 gauze, betadine soap, little sponges, small towels, duct tape, scissors, thermometer, '911 Paste',

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                #8
                Due to covid, you might want your own tack cleaning and horse bathing sponges, towels, sweat scraper and bucket for rinsing off & drying sweaty pony. I would plan to have your own equipment as much as possible due to the virus, including multiple lead shanks, crops, a lunge line, hoof picks, brushes, curry, and the first aid supplies mentioned.

                When the weather gets colder you will need a cooler, and unless your barn is heated, a sheet and a stable blanket.

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                  #9
                  A lot of good suggestions already. I'd add spare leather halter(s), leads, hoofpicks, fly masks. Lots of vet wrap - have a full first aid kit for horses (gauze pads, saline, antibiotic ointment, standing wraps, etc). No need for hoof conditioner or coat polish. Buckets - you can never have enough.

                  I wouldn't buy any sheets/blankets/coolers, etc. until you measure the pony unless the current owner has told you the size.
                  "When a horse greets you with a nicker & regards you with a large & liquid eye, the question of where you want to be & what you want to do has been answered." CANTER New England

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                    #10
                    weight tape would nice to have so you can have a record of pony's weight over time rather it looks heavier/lighter than it was

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                      #11
                      Thank you all for the great comments! I know the hoof conditioner and coat polish are not necessary, but we love spoiling ponies. I just purchased a thermometer so I can keep track of her normal resting temperature. I also splurged on the Back on Track Royal Quick Wraps for her trailer ride and because I have been eyeing them up for awhile! Who knew one could be so excited for boots!

                      I'm actually purchasing the girth and blankets from the previous owner, so thankfully sizing is not a problem. I'm crossing my fingers the quick wraps fit her well as I am unable to measure her cannon bone length. I ordered four wraps in the 10" length. Pony is petite and only 13.1 hh, so finding short enough wraps proved to be an adventure. I might wait on some of the wound treatments & care - prefer to consult the vet and barn owner before stocking up on them. Clean towels and sponges will definitely be part of my grooming kit though.

                      Keep the suggestions coming of course!

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                        #12
                        First aid kit, any consulting you probably will still be told have wound care, thermometer, wraps and bandages on hand. You dont want to have to hunt thru anyone elses stuff in an emergency, vaseline for the thermometer, when you have to take a temp you don't want to wait on someone else. What if the BOs thermometer is digital and dead? Or it accidently never got put back or cleaned after its last use?

                        Same for the Banamine, get the paste unless you are used to giving shots in the vein. Never everrr give in the muscle I don't care what anyone says. I have seen the lumps and abcesses it can cause. Paste Banamine given orally till the vet gets there is always a better option, jmo. I keep that and Bute on hand. The Bute I have the tablets but I have my ponies at home so crushing them up and mixing with water in a turkey injector syringe is no big deal to me. You would again probably want the paste to make life easier at a boarding barn. If pony spikes a temp out of the blue and vet is two calls behind getting to you, you want to be able to get it in them asap.

                        Wait until you size the pony to get sheets and blankets, grazing muzzle just in case is good advice too. Good luck n congrats!

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                          #13
                          Agree that it's worth getting vet wrap and some kind of wound treatment prior to talking to a vet, when you need it you need it. And while people might have their favorite wound sprays/ointments there are some that are universally accepted. And vet wrap is vet wrap, there's really only one version of it

                          Also agree it's great to have banamine and bute on hand, but that you can get from the vet. The paste is handy, but regular banamine can also be given orally at the same dosage as it would be given as an IV. It's not as fast working or strong. But it's definitely better than waiting for someone who can give an IV injection if no one is right around the corner.

                          I have some back on track quick wraps and really like them! The nice thing about standing wraps is that if they are a bit long, it's not such a big deal, so hopefully they'll work well for your pony! And it's great you're getting some tack/equipment from previous owners it always makes things easier.

                          I know it's already been mentioned but seconding the extra halter. You usually don't need a new halter until the one you have breaks and then you need one immediately, ha! I have a rope halter that I keep around for groundwork with young ones, but also works well as a spare in case of a halter break emergency.

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                            #14
                            Agree that it's worth getting vet wrap and some kind of wound treatment prior to talking to a vet, when you need it you need it. And while people might have their favorite wound sprays/ointments there are some that are universally accepted. And vet wrap is vet wrap, there's really only one version of it

                            Also agree it's great to have banamine and bute on hand, but that you can get from the vet. The paste is handy, but regular banamine can also be given orally at the same dosage as it would be given as an IV. It's not as fast working or strong. But it's definitely better than waiting for someone who can give an IV injection if no one is right around the corner.

                            I have some back on track quick wraps and really like them! The nice thing about standing wraps is that if they are a bit long, it's not such a big deal, so hopefully they'll work well for your pony! And it's great you're getting some tack/equipment from previous owners it always makes things easier.

                            I know it's already been mentioned but seconding the extra halter. You usually don't need a new halter until the one you have breaks and then you need one immediately, ha! I have a rope halter that I keep around for groundwork with young ones, but also works well as a spare in case of a halter break emergency.

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                              #15
                              I almost forgot to mention - pony will be kept in a dry lot so no need for a grazing muzzle.

                              I did gather up some gauze pads, gauze rolls, cotton swabs, scissors, and vaseline today. I did also purchase wound care spray, vet wrap, and clear eyes solution.

                              We will have a spare halter on hand as well - that's always a good idea!

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                                #16
                                Did anyone suggest brushes? My basic grooming kit includes a rubber curry, body brush, short bristled brush to flick off dirt the curry brings up, and a hard brush to help with caked on mud.

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