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Caring for horses and ponies is a full time job and can be demanding but it should be very satisfying. In our 'Horse and Pony Care' pages there are many tips to help you from day to day stable care such as feeding and grooming to looking after horses with particular problems like sweet itch and Cushings. We also display recommended books on horse and pony care to buy which will help you find out more information.  

Contents of Horse and Pony Care

Horsey Brain Teaser

Answer to Brain Teaser No. 1 is 15.

Brain Teaser No. 2 - At a recent county show, 0.45 of the horse entries were ridden by men. If 180 horses were ridden by men, how many entries were there altogether?

Answer on this page...

Two highly recommended books on horse care - Books recommended by Horse & Pony Info that have many good reviews by customers

BHS Horse and Stable Management - Good for students doing exams, more detailed horse care notes but not a lot of illustrations. Good for intermediate/more experienced owners.


The Horse Lover's Bible - This is a great book for anyone starting out. It covers a wide range of topics and has a very comprehensive index. Click book above to see reviews.


Horse and Pony Care - Page 1

Life isn't sweet for a pony with sweet itch – Sweet itch is an allergy to the saliva of midges. It is possible to reduce suffering considerably.

Influenza Vaccinations in Ireland – A useful reminder of when to vaccinate your horse.

Feeding children's ponies – How much feed and when is a pony too fat?

Passports for horses and ponies – It is now law that all horses have passports in Ireland

Reasons to call the equine dentist – Horses’ teeth need looking after.

Stone bruises and abcesses in the feet – Tips on what to do if your horse gets a stone bruise or an abscess.

Feeding tips – Stabled horses and what to give them to eat.


Caring for Horses in Autumn and Winter

Clipping and rugging horses – What type of clip to choose, rugging horses in Autumn, rugging for the first time.

Clips - New photo gallery of different clips to try.

Rain rash and skin infections – Tips on how to deal with problems often associated with overheating under rugs.

Frozen water buckets and troughs – Tips to help cope with ice problems in winter.

Caring for horses in frost and snow – Horses and ponies living out need extra care in winter. Feeding and rugging is important with breeds likely to lose condition.

Caring for older horses and ponies – Older equines lose weight more easily in winter and need special care. Read an article on this as a download.


Horse and Pony Care - Page 2

Parasites in horses – Regular worming is very important for your horse’s health.

Fly Sprays recommended by readers - A list of commercial fly repellents and also homemade ones.

Taking off rugs in Spring - Remove rugs gradually to harden off horses and ponies.

Parrot Mouth – What this actually is and how it affects a horse or pony.

Equine sarcoids – A common form of skin cancer in horses, particularly grey coloured ones.

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Preventing Grass Laminitis

Ways to deal with the curse of native breeds and good doers. What is laminitis? Tips on how to prevent it by other owners.

Tail bandage warning - Tying a tail bandage too tightly can cause all sorts of problems. Read tips from three of our readers.

Cushings Disease - Some tips from owners who have had horses or ponies diagnosed with Cushings

First Aid Kit for Horses and Ponies - If you're travelling away from home with your horse or pony, it's a good idea to take a first aid kit with you. In fact, you really need two first aid kits, one for you or the rider and one for the horse. But what is the best thing to put in an equine kit? We asked our readers and they came up with this list.


Caring for Shires and heavy horses -Shires and Clydesdales are often the gentle giants of the equine world. Find out what they eat and how to clean their legs.