Needs of a Pony in Summer and Winter
In the summer it may be necessary to check for weepy eyes due to there being many flies and bugs. Some horses will need to wear a fly rug or a fly mask and may need fly repellent applying to avoid bites.
During the Winter months some horses and ponies may still live out full time. They may need their legs washing when they come in, mud picking out of their feet and checking they still have their shoes on. Deep mud can easily pull shoes off.
If a pony is living out at grass they will still need grooming using a dandy brush or rubber curry comb to remove any mud or sweat. A body brush can be used to keep the main and tail tidy. The eyes, nose, muzzle and dock can be sponged to be kept clean.
Some horses will be clipped during the winter months. Native breeds which live out often have a belly and gullet clip to stop them getting too sweaty when ridden. Some ponies that have enough shelter may not need a rug, but some may feel the cold more than others.