The comments out there are terrible. For all we know the poor girl was being led on her saint of a veteran pony who tripped on a stone. It only takes an awkward landing to be hurt badly.
RIP little one and thoughts to her parents.
Sussexbythesea - I completely agree. So sorry for your friend.
ycbm - the story is local to me and therefore of interest. I've seen firsthand someone doing exactly the same, charging people for livery and then starving the horses to literally skin and bone. How anyone can do such a thing is...
Just another line of thought - could he have panicked being out by himself? He's only a baby and possibly never been hacked by himself before, plus he's in a strange new home so will be lacking confidence.
As others have said, I would treat him as a complete newbie to it all. :)
My TB wears these all round for hacking and has done for the last 6 years. I've found them to be very hard-wearing and easy to put on. As mentioned above, you will need a mallet to help put them on for the first handful of times, but after that they're really easy. Very easy to run under the...
My ex-racer has tiny pony feet too and has been wearing Easyboot Gloves for many years now. If your horse's hooves fall within their size guide measurements, I can highly recommend. It is possible to hire a 'Fit Kit' which consists of 3 different size shells to see which best fits your horse.