Make sure your pony is in good condition – not under weight – before being turned out.
Keep the pony’s teeth rasped and checked during the winter
Maintain an effective worming programme.
Make sure the pony’s feetare kept in good condition. They must be regularly trimmed or shod during the winter.
Most ponies that are living out will require a New Zealand rug. Choose the one that fits your pony best. You really need two rugs, in case one gets torn or soaking wet.
There are a variety of “bra” like contraptions available which can be used under a New Zealand to stop rug rubs appearing on the shoulders.
Very old ponies, those that suffer from mud fever, cracked heels or rain scald andponies that have very soft soles should not be wintered outside.
When turning a pony out for the winter, do not leave a headcollar on, even if the pony is difficult to catch. Headcollars can get caught on things and they make your pony easy prey for thieves!