In this week’s pony advice video, Rosemary answers one of your frequently asked questions: can I keep a Shetland pony in my garden?

How much space do you need to keep a Shetland pony?

It may be more than you think. You need about one acre of land to keep a Shetland pony, that’s over 4,000 square metres and is a bigger space than many gardens.

What does a Shetland pony eat?

Shetland ponies love grass but the grass on your lawn may have too much sugar in it for horses. It’s better to feed them on longer coarse grass which is less rich.  Ponies may need hay in the winter, which is quite messy in a garden and it can get muddy in the place where you feed him. Shetland ponies will also eat your roses, fruit and flowers, which might get them into trouble!

Will a Shetland pony damage my lawn?

Yes, Shetland ponies’ hooves, even if unshod, will damage your lawn surface over time.  They can create ruts and mud and break down the edges of your lawn too. They also like to roll and play, and this can damage the plants.

Does a Shetland pony need shelter?

Yes, this is more often to provide shade in the summer, rather than protection from the cold in the winter.  A stable is good, but a shady tree is also a great natural place for a pony to shelter.

Will a Shetland pony fertilise my garden?

Shetland ponies do up to 6 poops a day, so that’s a lot of clearing up to do.  The poop can be great as a garden fertiliser, as long as it’s in the right place. However, if he spends a penny on your lawn, this can burn the grass.

So, can I keep a Shetland pony in my garden?

Well, you can, but he will be much happier in a field where he has the right grass, space and can enjoy himself with his friends.

Watch the video to find out more:

Book now for summer pony riding

We’d love you to join us for pony fun. Do book ahead 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 2½ years old. They cost £40 per child.

Pony Mornings – are 2 hours long and are delightful early riding and learning experiences for children from age 4 years old. They cost £55 per child.

Summer pony camp days and weeks – 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+. £125 per day or £500 per week.

Summer Pony Day Camp Dates for 2019 are:

  • Monday 22 July – Thursday 25 July 2019
  • Monday 29 July – Thursday 1 August 2019
  • Monday 5 August – Thursday 8 August 2019
  • Monday 19 August – Thursday 22 August 2019


Any questions? Do contact Liz in the office for more help on: 07734 950309 or

Small Ponies…Big Dreams from
Rosemary, Liz and all the ponies and the Team at Shetland Pony Club