Managing weight in ponies critical for optimum health

Careful attention to feed and avoiding unnecessary grain supplementation is an important starting point when managing ponies’ diets


It is tempting to classify ponies as small horses and treat them the same. They are the same species, Equus ferus caballus, but the smallest equines in our care have some unique characteristics that require particular attention for optimum health.


Ponies are especially good at using their groceries to put on weight, making obesity a common issue. While some ponies work hard as driving animals and show ponies, generally they are less likely to participate in high performance activities, such as racing.


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