Did you know that Shetland ponies can graze for up to 17 hours per day? That’s a lot of eating.
When the grass is frosty, like this week in England, the ponies know not to eat too much grass, as it will make their stomach’s sore.
So, what else do Shetland ponies do?
Well, the ponies love to itch and rub and you can see who is doing this in the video.
They also scratch each other to make friends and bond with the others.
The Shetland ponies also love to trot, canter and gallop around the meadows for fun.
When their playtime is over, they snooze in the sunshine. Can you see Toffee and Teddy Bear taking a nap, so adorable!
Ponies do not lie down for very long, maybe thirty minutes maximum, as this can be unsafe for them in the wild. They take it in turns to lie down and will do so at any time of day, with their friends watching over them.
So, the ponies keep very busy on their winter holidays and there’s plenty to do when the grass is frosty.
Every day, we check the holidaying ponies’ health and wellbeing on our Shetland pony patrol. Madeleine and Rosemary are carefully checking all the ponies to see that they are fit and happy, and saying hello with a rub and the occasional peppermint.
Take a look at the ponies with their fluffy coats on our pony patrol.
Who likes rubbing on the log and who has a crazy hairstyle?
Wow! In this Shetland Pony Club Review of 2019, we look back at the wonderful times we have shared with the ponies, team and children throughout the changing seasons at The Ranch.
From a fully booked year of membership fun, with lessons, camps, learning polo and new saddles; to unicorn birthday parties, fetes and school visits, Toby’s retirement; new pony, Snowdrop, arriving and our War Horse Parade.
Phew! What an amazing time we have had with the ponies. We hope you enjoy the Shetland Pony Club Review of 2019 and look forward to welcoming you for more pony fun in 2020.