What to look for in a Shetland pony

This week we learn what to look for in a Shetland pony and what qualities we should seek out when choosing the ideal pony to buy.

What to look for in a Shetland pony

Batman is a pedigree Shetland pony who is registered with the Shetland Pony Stud Book Society and has many features that make him a quality Shetland pony.  He has a very long tail, a full mane and a glossy coat that keeps him warm in the winter.

Features of a quality Shetland pony

Prince William is also a quality Shetland pony. He has small fluffy ears that keep the weather out, with a broad face and wide nostrils to help him breathe easily. He has kind eyes and is friendly and interested in all that’s around him, which is known as presence. Good quality Shetland ponies are kind, engaging and fun to be with.

Why are Shetland ponies so small?

Shetland ponies are small and hardy because they are naturally bred to live in the very harsh conditions of the Shetland Islands. There is little food and shelter, so being small gives them the best chance of survival. Quality Shetland ponies have short legs, upright hooves and stout bodies, so they are very strong for their size.

Find out more

Batman and Prince William are great examples of what to look for in a pedigree Shetland pony, but Toffee also has many quality features, even though he is not registered. So, do look at the pony, as well as the paperwork when choosing the perfect Shetland pony to buy.

Watch the video to find out more:

Shetland Pony Club is closed for the winter

We plan to reopen on Saturday 6 March 2021 and have a lovely selection of gift vouchers for 2021 that you can buy online now.

Advanced booking, limited availability

We have a few dates open for 2021 that are available to book now – you can book some Shetland Pony Parties, Starter Rides and Own a Pony Experiences.

book now

Our full programme for 2021 will be online in the coming weeks.

Do take a moment to learn about what to look for in a Shetland pony in this week’s’ video.

Take care and stay safe

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

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

Our Shetland ponies life in lockdown

Our Shetland ponies are on their winter break at the moment, so let’s join them for a winter update during lockdown.

Our Shetland ponies life in lockdown

During the winter the ponies are on holiday.  They live naturally and graze and rest in sunny spots together as a herd in our beautiful meadows. They like to rest by trees and in groups with their friends.

What do Shetland ponies eat in lockdown?

As well as grass, the Shetland ponies need a little extra in their winter lockdown. They eat hay, which is grass that is dried on our farms in the summer and gives them a tasty fibrous meal in winter.  They eat if off the ground, spread out in little piles.

How do Shetland ponies play in lockdown?

Once they have eaten, the Shetland ponies like to take some exercise and have some fun.  Can you see how they do this in this weeks’ video?

Peace during lockdown

After their fun the ponies get to enjoy the beautiful Surrey Hills sunset.  Do watch the video, stay safe and share a moment of peace with the ponies.

Watch the video and relax

Pony Fun Online

To help you keep in touch with the ponies during lockdown, 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/

Shetland Pony Club is closed for the winter

We plan to reopen on Saturday 6 March 2021.

Gift Vouchers are available to buy as e-vouchers and hard copy here. £40 – £125 plus post and packing. E-vouchers are available for instant downloading.

Advanced booking, limited availability

We have a few dates open for 2021 that are available to book now – you can book some Shetland Pony Parties, Starter Rides and Own a Pony Experiences.

book now

Our full programme for 2021 will be online in the coming weeks.

Do take a moment to enjoy our Shetland ponies life in lockdown video.

Take care and stay safe

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

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

Pause for a pony: relax for 3 minutes of calm, ASMR

Let’s just pause for a pony.

Pause for a pony: relax for 3 minutes of calm, ASMR

Did you know that the sound of ponies eating is very calming and the sound that they make can help you relax.

It’s actually got a scientific name: Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR for short, and it’s the feeling of relaxation that is felt after listening to certain trigger calming sounds, like ponies munching grass.

So, this week, our gift to you is to sit back and relax for 3 minutes of calm. Pause for a pony and melt your stress away in these difficult lockdown times.

Watch the video and relax

Shetland Pony Club is closed for the winter

We plan to reopen on Saturday 6 March 2021, (lockdown dependant).

Gift Vouchers are available to buy as e-vouchers and hard copy here. £40 – £125 plus post and packing. E-vouchers are available for instant downloading.

Advanced booking, limited availability

We have a few dates open for 2021 that are available to book now – you can book Shetland Pony Parties, Starter Rides and Own a Pony Experiences.

book now

Our full programme for 2021 will be online in the coming weeks.

Do take a moment in these stressful times to pause for a pony, relax for 3 minutes of calm, ASMR style, and be at one with the Shetland ponies.

Keep safe and take care everyone,

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

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

Enjoy the best of 2020 at Shetland Pony Club

In our last video of the year, we enjoy the best of 2020 at Shetland Pony Club.  After the wettest winter on record, we started riding in March with our members enjoying being back in the saddle again.

Lockdown life for the Shetland ponies

After just two weeks of riding, we had a 3-month lockdown and were not able to ride. So, the ponies went back on holiday and were able to eat and run around in the wildflower meadows. It was fun, but all that eating meant that the ponies put on weight and had to be weighed weekly to get back into shape.

The best of 2020

The moon daisies and poppies in our wildflower meadows were spectacular. For many of our members, the best of 2020 was being able to visit their ponies at a social distance and take them walking through the rewilding fields to enjoy being outside with their ponies in nature.

Hands, face, and loads of space

When we were able to ride again there were new routines to learn for the staff and all the children and parents, with lots of hand washing, mask wearing, and social distancing outside in the many acres of space at the Ranch.  We were able to welcome lots of children to enjoy pony fun and summer camp days too.

Results and routines

With exams cancelled our staff made the best of 2020, enjoying being outside with the ponies through the really hot summer months. We even had a graduation ceremony for Madeleine!  Routines continued for the ponies with visits from the farrier, dentist and also the vet.

Halloween pony fun

With members lessons over we enjoyed our annual Halloween Pumpkin Rides, COVID – style, before it all came to an end with another lockdown in November.

Thank you so much for all your support in 2020.

The ponies are on their extended winter holiday now and we look forward to welcoming you all for another season of pony fun from 6 March 2021.

Watch the video to find out more:

Join Shetland Pony Club Online for FREE whilst we are closed

Shetland Pony Club Online is a new fun website full of pony videos, learning and activities for you to enjoy at home.  There is even a section for parents.

In the Shetland Pony Club Online website you will find:

  • Getting Started – pony news, reward chart, and certificates
  • Learning about ponies– child-safe videos and quizzes to learn about ponies
  • Pony Fun Online – pony painting, word searches, and quizzes
  • Fun with ponies at Home – pony craft ideas, pony photo gallery, and colouring templates to print and enjoy at home
  • Ponies for Parents – the benefits of ponies, the riding equipment you need, and our shop
  • More – Shetland Pony Club TV catch up and your craft and artwork on display

How to join Shetland Pony Club Online?

Click on this link to join for free here

Shetland Pony Club Online is our way of helping you get through these unusual times. It enables you and your children to have pony fun and learning at home.

We have created this website for free, but many of you have asked about donations. If you would like to support our work you can make a small donation through the fun “Buy me a Coffee” scheme. Just click on the link to donate.

We hope you’ll try our fun new Online Pony Club.  Do let us know if you’re enjoying it.
We look forward to seeing you inside the new Online Pony Club.

Click on this link to join for free here

Shetland Pony Club is closed for the winter

We plan to reopen on Saturday 6 March 2021.

Gift Vouchers are available to buy as e-vouchers and hard copy here. £40 – £125 plus post and packing. E-vouchers are available for instant downloading.

Happy New Year from

The Shetland Pony Club Team and all the Shetland ponies

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

Enjoy more episodes of Shetland Pony Club TV here

Watch this adorable Shetland pony Christmas card

Watch this adorable Shetland pony Christmas card and see the excited Shetland ponies playing in the snow, hoping that Santa will bring them some carrots.

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas from Rosemary and all the Staff and ponies at Shetland Pony Club.

Watch the video to find out more:

Shetland Pony Club is closed for the winter

We are now closed for the winter and we plan to reopen on Saturday 6 March 2021 and have a lovely selection of gift vouchers for 2021.

Gift Vouchers are available to buy as e-vouchers and hard copy here. £40 – £125 plus post and packing. E-vouchers are available for instant downloading now.

We hope you enjoyed watching this adorable Shetland pony Christmas card and look forward to seeing you in 2021.

Merry Christmas from

The Shetland Pony Club Team and all the Shetland ponies

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