Are Shetland Ponies strong is a question we are often asked at Shetland Pony Club. In this week’s video we look at how a Shetland Pony’s shape means that they are very strong.

Compact bodies

Shetland ponies have short strong backs and strong lower legs as well as a broad chest for a big heart.

Scientific proof

It’s been scientifically shown that Shetlands are the strongest type of horse for their size, being able to pull twice their weight, which is why they were used as pit ponies in mines in the olden days.

Watch the video to find out more…

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

What’s on in November at Shetland Pony Club

  • Sat 18 November – ponies visit Parkside School Christmas Fair, Cobham  1.30-3.30 pm
  • 18 – 19 November – Riding at Shetland Pony Club
  • 25-26  November – last weekend riding at Shetland Pony Club 
  • Sat 2 December – ponies visit Christmas Lights Switch on, The Old Plough, Cobham 5:30-6:30pm

Christmas lights switch on - the old plough

Hurry – Last Riding before the ponies’ winter holidays

Hurry – there’s just 2 more weeks of riding before we close for the winter at the end of November, so book your last rides of the season now. See our availability below:

Starter RidesOwn a Pony Experiences,  Shetland Pony Walking Experiences,  Shetland Pony Parties, (2024 only)

book now

Starter Rides

Starter Rides are 45 mins long and specially designed first riding experiences for children. Includes pony grooming and a ride on their own pony. Followed by a certificate presentation. £50 per child. Each child will have their own pony and helper. Please note your child MUST be 3 years old at the time of their ride.

Autumn Starter Ride at Shetland Pony Club

Next availability:

  • Sat, 18 November 2:30pm – fully booked
  • Sat, 18 November 3:30pm – fully booked
  • Sun 19 Nov 9am – fully booked
  • Sun 19 Nov 12:15pm – spaces
  • Sat, 25 November 2:30pm – fully booked
  • Sat, 25 November 3:30pm – spaces
  • Sun 26 Nov 9am – fully booked
  • Sun 26 Nov 12:15pm – fully booked

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Own a Pony Experiences 

Own a Pony Experiences are two hours long and are delightful early riding and learning experiences for children from age 4 years old. Includes lots of riding and pony care, followed by a rosette presentation. £75 per child. Each child will have their own pony and helper.

Summer Own a Pony Experience at Shetland Pony Club

Next availability 

  • Sat 18 Nov 2:15pm – spaces
  • Sun 19 Nov 2:15pm – spaces
  • Sat 25 Nov 2:15pm – fully booked
  • Sun 26 Nov 2:15pm – fully booked

book now

Shetland Pony Parties

Amazing Shetland Pony Parties for children aged 3 -10 years old. Use of our private facility with adorable Shetland ponies, creating magical memories for your child’s birthday. One and a half hours – £750 for 10 children. Extra riding children (up to 18), £30 each. If guest numbers exceed 18 please get in touch with the office and we will see if we can accommodate.

Next availability: March 2024

Give us a call 07734 950 309 or email us:

Pony Share Membership 

We are enrolling now for our Pony Share Membership for 2024

You can experience a pony of your own, the easy way, with Pony Share Membership. Learn to ride, build a bond with your pony, come regularly to our club and enjoy pony fun in the countryside.

A Members photo at Shetland Pony Club

  • Pony Membership – a pony of your own each week, 2 hours, from age 4+ £275 per month.
  • Mini Membership – a pony of your own each week, 45 minutes, from age 3+ £195 per month.

Find out more here

Shetland Pony Gift Shopping

Our pop-up shop is open at the Ranch on Saturdays and Sunday from 10am-4pm during November.

You can also Visit our online shop- great Christmas gift ideas!

Shetland Pony Club Gift Vouchers:  are a wonderful gift for anyone who loves Shetland ponies. We have online vouchers or beautiful hard copy vouchers. £45 – £135.  You can purchase them here. Or call the office, 01372 844 077 / 07734 950309.

Gift Vouchers from Shetland Pony Club

The School Trot Book The School Trot is a beautifully illustrated children’s hardback bedtime storybook, written by Rosemary, founder of Shetland Pony Club. It’s all about her very first Shetland pony, Billyboon and Camilla, who really did ride to school on a Shetland Pony. This book is a perfect short bedtime story and makes a lovely gift. It is published in hardback only and is £8.99 +p&p. You can purchase here.

Billyboon - Shetland Pony on the School Run

Adopt a pony, Robin Hood–  rescued pony at Shetland Pony Club. Receive a beautiful pony gift pack, access to Robin Hood’s own website, email updates and a voucher to visit him. Learn all about him and show you care.  All proceeds go to help other horses in need. By adopting Robin Hood you are supporting our current horse charity, The Horse Trust.  £50 +p&p. Find out more about  Adopt a pony here.

Robin Hood in the Blue Bells in spring

Do take a moment to watch this week’s episode of Shetland Pony Club TV: Are Shetland Ponies Strong? TV Episode 464