Join Rosemary in this week’s video as she answers your question, are Shetland ponies naughty?

Rosemary explains why Shetland ponies are often misunderstood and are actually well behaved when looked after properly. Shetland ponies need as much training, care, love, and attention as a big horse does. Shetlands are often left in a field for a long time and not exercised enough. When ridden infrequently they can have a reputation for being ‘naughty’, when they simply don’t understand what is being asked of them.

What helps a Shetland pony to not be naughty?

  • Companionship: Shetlands are herd animals and like having lots of friends to play with in the field.
  • Good feeding: this is often a big challenge for an owner as Shetlands are so small they can be overfed. It’s a real skill to make sure they have enough food to keep them healthy and fit but not too much that they are overfed.
  • Exercise: Shetlands need regular riding and exercise to help with their training. Shetlands ponies often don’t get enough exercise because they are so small and no one is able to ride them. We are lucky at Shetland Pony Club that we have lots of children to ride our ponies, to keep them fit and healthy.

Watch the video to find out: Are Shetland ponies naughty?

Booking update:

The Ranch opens on Saturday 5th March 2022 – Sunday 27th November 2022.

Shetland Pony Partiesback on for 3 year olds! Amazing pony parties for children aged 3 -10 years old. Use of a private facility with 6 ponies, creating magical memories for your child’s birthday. One and a half hours – £650 for 10 children. Extra riding children (up to 18), £25 each.

Easter Egg Hunts 9th -18th April 2022. Come and take part in our fun Shetland Pony Treasure Hunts especially for Easter, with riding along a trail and chocolate eggs to find in the countryside. Easter fun for children aged 4-10 years old. One and a half-hour session- £65/ child.

Starter Rides  back on for 3 year olds! 45 minutes long and are specially designed as first riding experiences for children. £45/ child.

Own a Pony Experiences – are two hours long and are delightful early riding and learning experiences for children from age 4 years old. £65/ child.

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From Rosemary, the Shetland Pony Club Team and all the Shetland ponies

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