New owner with Shetland ponies

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Good afternoon everyone we have just purchased our first two Shetland ponies and have very little experience so need to learn fast so any tips much appreciated 😊
I have read lots online about ragwort and have noticed several plants growing in the field please see pic
can anyone
Thanks in advance
 

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Red-1

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Recently bought into cob culture.
They are little escape artists, yet can't have much food as they run to fat easily, which causes them health issues. So, I found I needed a solid post and rail fence, with electric strands on each rail.

They need hay when the grass dies back, but very little else. Just a token handful to get their vitamins and minerals.

They may be small but they have strong characters. I would pay attention to handling them without being too soft, as if you give an inch, they can take a mile.

I loved Rolo, our Shetland, but this is what I learned.
 

Parrotperson

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ah shitlands! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ you're about to find out why we sometimes call them that!!

do you have any really horsey friends that could help until you find you're feet? the main thing as everyone says is don't overfeed them but you really need some experience to know what's good and bad feed wise.

also. get a vet to check over them now and advise you on a worming protocol.

maybe try this https://www.equinedistancelearning.com/p/bhs-entry-level-award-in-essential-horse-knowledge
 

millikins

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I adore Shetlands but they can be little sh1t's if allowed to be. Handling wise treat them as though they are 16hh, insist on manners, to lead, tie up, be groomed etc. My two are fine with fencing, will stay behind a single strand of electric but many won't. They don't need rugs if they have some shelter, a thick hedge or field shelter and like all ponies are more likely to be polite and amenable if they get exercise, going for walks, learning some exercises in hand etc.
By the way it's a HHO rule that posts about new ponies should come with pictures :p
 

laura_nash

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I use an app called Picture This to identify plants in my field (as I'm useless at it).

Kelly Marks Perfect Manners is a good read on the handling stuff, as someone else said make sure you handle them the same as any other horse. Tempting as it will probably be I'd ban any hand feeding, at least until you get the boundaries established.
 

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if you havent had much to do with horses before it might be worth investing in some horse management lessons or if you have friends who have horses get them to come to you and give you some guidance. while its lovely to have them at home they need quite a lot of specialised care and management. dont forget you will need a farrier every 6 to 8 weeks to trim their feet as well..
 

vannersrus

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Good afternoon everyone we have just purchased our first two Shetland ponies and have very little experience so need to learn fast so any tips much appreciated 😊
I have read lots online about ragwort and have noticed several plants growing in the field please see pic
can anyone
Thanks in advance
The leaf on the left looks like creeping buttercup and the one on the right ragwort. Ragwort is highly toxic and the rosettes should be pulled up with the roots to prevent spread. Buttercup can cause sores and irritation when there are flowers present but is no where bears as bad as ragwort
 

jumbyjack

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Shetlands don't know they are small, they may look like cute fluffy toys but deep cunning lurks under the fluff and in their heads they are 17hh. As has been said, treat them like a horse and learn to run like a sprinter, those little legs are fast! Main thing is that they are fun.
 
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