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EggNog
EggNog
Egg Nog is a 10-year-old chocolate palomino Shetland Pony/ Miniature Horse cross.  He has been with Ponies and Paints since 2005 and stands 10 hands tall (40”).  Egg Nog is one of the most confident and consistent ponies I have ever come across.  He knows his job and does it well.  For smaller parties, he is perfect as he is calm and comfortable at new places without the companionship of another horse or pony.  He can carry up to 50 lbs.

Peaches

Peaches is an 14-year-old sorrel paint Shetland pony. We bought her from Tawni’s Pony Rides in Fillmore, CA in 2010. She and Egg Nog hit it off instantly and have been best friends and co-workers ever since! She is a very reliable and seasoned party pony and such a sweetheart that she is quickly becoming as famous as “The Egg”. Peaches stands at 11 hands (44”) and can carry up to 75 lbs.

Confetti
Confetti
Confetti is an 18-year-old Welsh cross chestnut paint pony that has been teaching children of all ages how to ride for most of her life.   She came from a loving family whose children had outgrown her.  While she is happiest in quiet and familiar surroundings, she is still called upon a few times a year to handle bigger festivals (like 4th of July and Halloween) where there may be larger children present.  Her main job is handling the riding lessons at home.  She is patient and safe.  Confetti is nearly 13 hands (51”) and can comfortably carry 100 pounds.


Hoof care includes a trim every 6 to 7 weeks for Egg Nog and Confetti and front shoes for Peaches.  They are on a rotational deworming schedule and go into Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in the spring for dental care and vaccinations (including Rabies).

Our ponies live in dry lots (no grass) on 3 acres in Santa Ynez.  They eat primarily orchard grass hay although Confetti gets a small amount of alfalfa hay in the mornings.  They all have access to a salt and trace mineral block.  It is important not to let a pony eat too much.  Most pony breeds gain weight very easily and can develop serious health issues if allowed access to too much green grass, high-protein hay or concentrated carbohydrates like grain.

Egg Nog, Peaches and Confetti have waterproof blankets and/ or a cozy barn to go into if the weather is stormy and large Oak trees and covers to hide under during the summer.  They are allowed plenty of space to run and play and are exercised during the week to keep them physically fit and mentally quiet and content. 

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