Learn how to ride a Shetland pony

Always wanted your child to learn how to ride a Shetland Pony? Find out how to begin riding with a Starter Ride, in this week’s advice video from Shetland Pony Club.

Learn how to ride a Shetland pony

At Shetland Pony Club, we have helped more than 12,000 children begin riding.  With a relaxed, gentle approach, children develop a love of ponies that will last a lifetime. Many children who first rode with us are now grown up and have gone on to have their own ponies, compete at top level, become vets or come back to help more children start riding with us.

How do I begin riding?

The best way to start riding is by trying a Starter ride. Children aged 4-10 years, put on a riding hat, and learn how to be safe around ponies. They begin by meeting their pony and brushing him. A gentle, hands-on approach works well and our young riders love to choose their saddle and help to get their pony ready for riding.

Shetland ponies lead the way

Shetland ponies are ideal to start on, as they are small and the children learn to lead them before getting on. Each child enjoys a relaxed ride on their pony around our meadows, being led by their helper. They get plenty of time to get used to riding, and there’s a chance for parents to take photos at the end.

Children help with pony care

It’s important to look after our pony before ourselves, so the children make sure he is untacked after his ride and offer him a drink of water. They love the responsibility of caring for him. Once the pony care is over it’s time for more hand washing and a reward…

Watch the video to find out more:

How to book a Starter Ride at Shetland Pony Club

We’d love you to join us for Starter Rides and pony fun for weekend and half term riding this autumn.  We are open at weekends and in the holidays until Sunday 28 November.

You can book online here now, or give us a call on 07734 950 309.

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Which pony ride should I choose?

Starter Rides  are 45 minutes long and are specially designed as first riding experiences for children from age 4 years old. They cost £40 per child.  – Half term availability

Own a Pony Experiences – are 2 hours long and are delightful early riding and learning experiences for children from age 4 years old. They cost £60 per child.  – Half term availability

Shetland Pony Parties – amazing pony parties for children aged 4 -10 years old. Use of a private facility, with 6 ponies creating magical memories for your child’s birthday. One and a half hours – £600 for 10 children. Extra riding children (up to 18), £25 each. – Almost full for 2021 – now booking for 2022

October Half Term riding now available to book

Halloween Pumpkin Rides – themed pony treasure hunts for pony-mad witches and wizards. Enjoy 1½ hours of pony riding fun at the ranch, during October Half Term. Age 4 +. £60 per child. Fully booked.

book now

For your safety we have COVID-secure procedures in place:

  • Please minimise the number of people attending with your child
  • You are welcome to watch from our socially distanced benches and Safari Tent
  • Find out more about our COVID-secure procedures here

Do take a moment to watch this week’s video: learn how to ride a Shetland pony

Enjoy!

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

Contact us on: 07734 950 309 or email: info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

Watch more Shetland Pony Club TV videos here

Watch the Shetland ponies running out to grass

This week, watch the Shetland ponies running out to grass at the end of their busy summer riding programme.

Watch the Shetland ponies running out to grass

There’s a new paddock being made ready for the Shetland ponies to enjoy at the end of a busy summer of riding. Some of the ponies are excited to get there quickly to enjoy the long grass.

Which Shetland pony runs the fastest?

Watch to see which pony runs the fastest out to the grass – do you think Mufasa is the fastest, or is it Simba, Fudge or Prince William?

Who is best friends with Shetland pony Nottingham?

Nottingham is keen to get to the new grass and his best friend follows quickly after – but who is it?

Does Snowdrop rush to his new pasture too?

Watch the video to find out more:

Bookings for half term are filling up fast

We’d love you to join us for pony fun for half term and weekend riding this autumn.  We are open at weekends and in the holidays until Sunday 28 November.  There is some extra weekend availability in October for riding – do book up soon.

Which pony ride should I choose?

Starter Rides  are 45 minutes long and are specially designed as first riding experiences for children from age 4 years old. They cost £40 per child.

Own a Pony Experiences – are 2 hours long and are delightful early riding and learning experiences for children from age 4 years old. They cost £60 per child.

Shetland Pony Parties – amazing pony parties for children aged 4 -10 years old. Use of a private facility, with 6 ponies creating magical memories for your child’s birthday. One and a half hours – £600 for 10 children. Extra riding children (up to 18), £25 each.

October Half Term riding now available to book

Halloween Pumpkin Rides – themed pony treasure hunts for pony-mad witches and wizards. Enjoy 1½ hours of pony riding fun at the ranch, during October Half Term. Age 4 +. £60 per child. Last few spaces remaining.

book now

For your safety we have COVID-secure procedures in place:

  • Please minimise the number of people attending with your child
  • You are welcome to watch from our socially distanced benches and Safari Tent
  • Find out more about our COVID-secure procedures here

Do take a moment to watch this week’s video: Watch the Shetland ponies running out to grass.

Enjoy!

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

Contact us on: 07734 950 309 or email: info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

Watch more Shetland Pony Club TV videos here

Sunflower surprise for the Shetland ponies

There’s a sunflower surprise for the Shetland ponies this week at Shetland Pony Club.

Sunflower surprise for the Shetland ponies

The sunflowers at Shetland Pony Club are so pretty that the ponies are all coming to enjoy them and have their photos taken with the children and staff. Don’t they look great for their pictures!

Where is Creme Brulee?

Creme Brulee is always keen to have his photo taken, but he seems to be missing.  Can you see where he has gone?

More sunflower surprises

Can you see what’s happening in the farmer’s field behind the sunflowers?

It’s time to take the ponies back to The Ranch for their supper. But it’s not supper time for everyone on the farm.  What is going on?

Watch the video to find out more:

Bookings for October half term are filling up fast

We’d love you to join us for pony fun for half term and weekend riding this autumn.  We are open at weekends and in the holidays until Sunday 28 November

Which pony ride should I choose?

Starter Rides  are 45 minutes long and are specially designed as first riding experiences for children from age 4 years old. They cost £40 per child.

Own a Pony Experiences – are 2 hours long and are delightful early riding and learning experiences for children from age 4 years old. They cost £60 per child.

Shetland Pony Parties – amazing pony parties for children aged 4 -10 years old. Use of a private facility, with 6 ponies creating magical memories for your child’s birthday. One and a half hours – £600 for 10 children. Extra riding children (up to 18), £25 each.

October Half Term riding now available to book including:

Halloween Pumpkin Rides – themed pony treasure hunts for pony-mad witches and wizards. Enjoy 1½ hours of pony riding fun at the ranch, during October Half Term. Age 4 +. £60 per child.

book now

For your safety we have COVID-secure procedures in place:

  • Please minimise the number of people attending with your child
  • You are welcome to watch from our socially distanced benches and Safari Tent
  • Find out more about our COVID-secure procedures here

Do take a moment to watch this week’s video: Sunflower surprise for the Shetland ponies.

Enjoy!

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

Contact us on: 07734 950 309 or email: info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

Watch more Shetland Pony Club TV videos here

10 Shetland ponies eat a tasty breakfast

This week we join Rosemary at The Ranch where the Shetland ponies are all looking forward to a tasty breakfast.

10 Shetland ponies eat a tasty breakfast  

All the Shetland ponies love eating their delicious pony feed, and are keen to come in from the field to eat it. They can hear the sound of the feed being prepared and they can’t wait to eat a tasty breakfast.

The larger standard Shetland ponies have a bigger breakfast to give them lots of energy for their busy camp day ahead. They also have more grass in their paddock, as they need to eat more to keep them in good condition.

Can you name 10 of our Shetland ponies?

As they come in, Rosemary names 10 of the Shetland ponies.  Can you spot them all and tell the differences between them?

Watch the video to find out more:

New availability – 1 and 2 September

We’d love you to join us for pony fun just before the end of the summer holidays.

Which pony ride should I choose?

Starter Rides  are 45 minutes long and are specially designed as first riding experiences for children from age 4 years old. They cost £40 per child. Extra spaces available on 1 and 2 September

Own a Pony Experiences – are 2 hours long and are delightful early riding and learning experiences for children from age 4 years old. They cost £60 per child. Extra spaces available on 1 and 2 September

Shetland Pony Parties – amazing pony parties for children aged 4 -10 years old. Use of a private facility, with 6 ponies creating magical memories for your child’s birthday. One and a half hours – £600 for 10 children. Extra riding children (up to 18), £25 each.

October Half Term riding now available to book

book now

For your safety we have COVID-secure procedures in place:

  • Please minimise the number of people attending with your child
  • You are welcome to watch from our socially distanced benches and marquee
  • Find out more about our COVID-secure procedures here

Do take a moment to watch this week’s video: 10 Shetland ponies eat a tasty breakfast.

Enjoy!

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

Contact us on: 07734 950 309 or email: info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

Watch more Shetland Pony Club TV videos here

What do Shetland ponies eat?

What do Shetland ponies eat, is a great question that we find the answer to in this week’s Shetland Pony Club advice video.

What do Shetland ponies eat?

The main part of a Shetland pony’s diet is grass. He eats for as long as 16 hours per day, so can eat lots more grass than you might have in your garden.

Ponies like a varied diet

Just like us, ponies like to eat a range of foods. They are especially fond of milk thistles in summer and eat prickly common thistles in winter. They also enjoy other spikey plants such as blackberries, both the fruits and leaves, in the autumn.

Winter feeding of Shetland ponies

When it’s cold, the grass stops growing and ponies may need to be fed hay, which is dried grass, as a supplement to their normal grazing. They may need an additional small feed when they are being ridden regularly, to give them energy.  Our ponies at Shetland Pony Club have a feed each morning when they are being ridden by children.

Nutritious and delicious

Ponies also need to eat a range of minerals and vitamins.  On the Shetland Isles the ponies eat seaweed on the beaches, which is full of nutrients and salt.  At Shetland Pony Club in Surrey, we don’t have seaweed, but the ponies enjoy a salt lick to get their extra minerals.

How to store your pony feed

It’s important to store your pony feed carefully. Find out what happens if you don’t do this!

Watch the video to find out more:

Pony Fun Online

To help you keep in touch with the ponies, we have created a FREE Shetland Pony Club Online website.  It’s full of child friendly fun and learning for you to enjoy here: https://shetlandponyclubonline.co.uk/register/pony-share-members-3-month-free-access/

Book now for late summer pony riding

We’d love you to join us for pony fun. Summer riding is almost full as the ponies are very popular.

Which pony ride should I choose?

Starter Rides  are 45 minutes long and are specially designed as first riding experiences for children from age 4 years old. They cost £40 per child. Extra spaces available this weekend.

Own a Pony Experiences – are 2 hours long and are delightful early riding and learning experiences for children from age 4 years old. They cost £60 per child.

Summer pony camp days– enjoy the whole day with your favourite Shetland Pony. Learn to ride him, look after him and enjoy being with him, all day long. 9.30am – 4pm, Summer holidays only. Age 5-10. £125 per day. – email us to join the waiting list

Shetland Pony Parties – amazing pony parties for children aged 4 -10 years old. Use of a private facility at The Ranch, with 6 ponies creating magical memories for your child’s birthday. One and a half hours – £600 for 10 children. Extra riding children (up to 18), £25 each.

October Half Term riding now available to book

book now

For your safety we have COVID-secure procedures in place:

  • Please minimise the number of people attending with your child
  • You are welcome to watch from our socially distanced benches and marquee
  • Find out more about our COVID-secure procedures here

Do take a moment to watch this week’s video: what do Shetland ponies eat?

Enjoy!

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

Contact us on: 07734 950 309 or email: info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

Watch more Shetland Pony Club TV videos here