Should you rescue a Shetland Pony?

Should you rescue a Shetland Pony?

Join Rosemary in this week’s video where she looks at some of the joys and problems of rescuing Shetland Ponies.

Today our ponies at Shetland Pony Club are not rescue ponies. They are pedigree (registered)  ponies and some of them have come from the Shetland Isles.However, if you’ve been following us for many years, you’ll know years ago we had the most wonderful rescue Shetland Pony called Cupcake.

Cupcake came from a home that wasn’t particularly good, they didn’t know how to look after him properly. We acquired him and he came to live at The Ranch for many happy years.

What are the problems with a rescue Shetland Pony?

Cupcake had not been feed correctly. This effected his:

  • Coat
  • Weight
  • Feet
  • Teeth

As a result rescue ponies often need a lot more medical attention. They need to see a vet more regularly and this costs more.

Most rescue ponies won’t have been to a dentist before, so the dentist bills are higher.

They need to see the farrier more as their hooves are often neglected and causes problems. They may even need remedial, specialist shoes which is also an added cost.

The cost of keeping a rescue Shetland Pony can be higher than a normal Shetland.

You also need to consider what experience your pony has had and if he is going to be a suitable pony to be around children. They can be frightened of certain situations. We wouldn’t recommend starting out with a rescue Shetland pony for riding for your children.

Cupcake brought a lot of joy, love and a lot of bills!

Although rescue ponies are often free to acquire they have bigger costs to keeping them than a regular Shetland Pony. Find out more about Cupcake here.

Watch the video to find out more: Should you rescue a Shetland Pony?

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

Booking update:

Starter Rides  back on for 3 year olds! 45 minutes long and are specially designed as first riding experiences for children. £45/ child. New Availability Sunday 26th June 12:15

Own a Pony Experiences – are two hours long and are delightful early riding and learning experiences for children from age 4 years old. £65/ child. New Availability Sunday 26th June 14:15-16:15, Sunday 10th July 14:15-16:15, Saturday 16th July 14:15-16:15. 

Shetland Pony Parties – back on for 3 year olds! Amazing pony parties for children aged 3 -10 years old. Use of a private facility with 6 ponies, creating magical memories for your child’s birthday. One and a half hours – £650 for 10 children. Extra riding children (up to 18), £25 each. Very popular- Availability from July

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+. £135/day or £540/ week. Please note that camp spaces are filling up fast! Please reserve your space to avoid disappointment. 

Shetland Pony Walking is the perfect way for older children, teenagers and grown-ups to enjoy Shetland ponies in the lovely Surrey countryside. Come and spend time, enjoying and leading your very own Shetland pony. £45/ person. Saturday 30th July 2:15pm, Saturday 17th September 3:15pm

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

How to have a well-behaved Shetland Pony

Join Rosemary in this week’s video to learn how to have a well-behaved Shetland Pony.

People are often amazed how well-behaved our ponies are. It’s important that we have suitable ponies for children so they can have a safe and enjoyable time. Here are Rosemary’s top tips on how to have a well-behaved pony:

  • Do not overfeed
  • Regular exercise
  • Suitable companions in their field, so they feel safe and happy in the herd
  • Lots of rest and sleep between work
  • Kindness, gentleness, and patience, to take the time to teach him properly what you want him to do
  • If your pony is not behaving well, he may be uncomfortable and may need to see the Vet or Equine dentist

Watch the video to find out more: how to have a well-behaved Shetland Pony


Booking update

Own a Pony Experiences  Available this Saturday 23rd  April 11-1pm (Hurry, only a few spaces!) Book now

Own a Pony Experiences-  2:15pm-4:15pm May Bank holiday Monday 2nd May Book now

 Book now  for May half term 30th  May – 5th June:

Starter Rides  back on for 3 year olds! 45 minutes long and are specially designed as first riding experiences for children. £45/ child.

Own a Pony Experiences – are two hours long and are delightful early riding and learning experiences for children from age 4 years old. £65/ child.

Shetland Pony Parties – back on for 3 year olds! Amazing pony parties for children aged 3 -10 years old. Use of a private facility with 6 ponies, creating magical memories for your child’s birthday. One and a half hours – £650 for 10 children. Extra riding children (up to 18), £25 each. Monday 30th May now free- be quick!

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+. £135 per day or £540 per week. Filling up fast!

book now

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

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

How strong are Shetland ponies?

Join Rosemary in this week’s advice video as she answers your question, how strong are Shetland ponies?

We often get asked the question how do the Shetlands manage to carry the children when they are so small? Our Shetlands range in size from 32 inches- 42 inches, from the ground to the top of their withers, so they are very small indeed. However, they are very strong in proportion to their size.

Shetlands are strong because:

  • Their lower legs have strong, stocky, and thick cannon bones (the bone between the hoof and the knee)
  • They have a wide chest and their heart is big and strong
  • They have a muscular neck, compact body, and short back

Fun Facts:

  • Shetlands can pull twice their body weight compared to a large horse that can pull only half his body weight
  • A child on a Shetlands back is the equivalent to us carrying a large handbag
  • Our larger ponies can carry weight up to 7 stone

Watch the video to find out: how strong are Shetland ponies?


Booking update:

The Ranch opens on Saturday 5th March 2022 – Sunday 27th November 2022. Book now for Easter Holidays.

Shetland Pony Parties – back on for 3 year olds! Amazing pony parties for children aged 3 -10 years old. Use of a private facility with 6 ponies, creating magical memories for your child’s birthday. One and a half hours – £650 for 10 children. Extra riding children (up to 18), £25 each.

Easter Egg Hunts 9th -18th April 2022. Come and take part in our fun Shetland Pony Treasure Hunts especially for Easter, with riding along a trail and chocolate eggs to find in the countryside. Easter fun for children aged 4-10 years old. One and a half-hour session- £65/ child.

Starter Rides  back on for 3 year olds! 45 minutes long and are specially designed as first riding experiences for children. £45/ child.

Own a Pony Experiences – are two hours long and are delightful early riding and learning experiences for children from age 4 years old. £65/ 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+. £135 per day or £540 per week.

book now

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

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

Do Shetland ponies need a stable?

Join Rosemary in this week’s advice video as she answers your question, do Shetland ponies need a stable?

Our ponies live outside all year round. This is called keeping a pony at ‘grass’. So, how do the ponies manage without a stable?

  • Shetlands prefer living outside with lots of open space and in a herd with friends to feel safe
  • They have adapted to outdoor life in the wild with a big tail, mane and fluffy coat to keep them warm
  • They find natural shelter in the field behind bushes and trees
  • We do have an emergency stable if the Shetlands need to see a vet

Watch the video to find out: Do Shetland ponies need a stable?


Booking update:

The Ranch opens on Saturday 5th March 2022 – Sunday 27th November 2022.

Shetland Pony Parties – back on for 3 year olds! Amazing pony parties for children aged 3 -10 years old. Use of a private facility with 6 ponies, creating magical memories for your child’s birthday. One and a half hours – £650 for 10 children. Extra riding children (up to 18), £25 each.

Easter Egg Hunts 9th -18th April 2022. Come and take part in our fun Shetland Pony Treasure Hunts especially for Easter, with riding along a trail and chocolate eggs to find in the countryside. Easter fun for children aged 4-10 years old. One and a half-hour session- £65/ child.

Starter Rides  back on for 3 year olds! 45 minutes long and are specially designed as first riding experiences for children. £45/ child.

Own a Pony Experiences – are two hours long and are delightful early riding and learning experiences for children from age 4 years old. £65/ 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+. £135 per day or £540 per week.

book now

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

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

Do Shetland ponies need horseshoes?

Join Rosemary in this week’s advice video as she answers your question, do Shetland ponies need horseshoes?

Our ponies don’t generally need horseshoes, this is called having a ‘barefoot pony’. It’s something that is becoming increasingly popular in the horsey world.

Why don’t our Shetland ponies need horseshoes?

  • Shetland ponies have good strong, sturdy hooves that don’t often crack
  • The children who ride are lightweight and don’t put pressure on the pony’s hooves
  • The ground that we ride on is soft and doesn’t have stones

Watch the video to find out: Do Shetland ponies need horseshoes?


Booking update:

The Ranch opens on Saturday 5th March 2022 – Sunday 27th November 2022.

Shetland Pony Parties – back on for 3 year olds! Amazing pony parties for children aged 3 -10 years old. Use of a private facility with 6 ponies, creating magical memories for your child’s birthday. One and a half hours – £650 for 10 children. Extra riding children (up to 18), £25 each.

Easter Egg Hunts 9th -18th April 2022. Come and take part in our fun Shetland Pony Treasure Hunts especially for Easter, with riding along a trail and chocolate eggs to find in the countryside. Easter fun for children aged 4-10 years old. One and a half-hour session- £65/ child.

Starter Rides  back on for 3 year olds! 45 minutes long and are specially designed as first riding experiences for children. £45/ child.

Own a Pony Experiences – are two hours long and are delightful early riding and learning experiences for children from age 4 years old. £65/ 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+. £135 per day or £540 per week.

book now

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

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

Are Shetland ponies expensive to keep?

Join Rosemary in this week’s video as she answers your question, are Shetlands expensive to keep?

We often get asked the question if it’s cheaper to keep a Shetland pony rather than a bigger horse, as Shetlands are much smaller. Rosemary explains what you need to keep a Shetland pony happy and if it’s expensive to keep one.

What do I need to keep a Shetland and are they expensive to keep?

Rosemary explores what you would need to keep a Shetland and if it is any cheaper than keeping a bigger horse. To keep a Shetland you need:

  • A grass field with at least one acre
  • Shelter or a stable
  • Hard feed and hay
  • Farrier, to keep your ponies hooves trimmed
  • Vet in case there are any health issues
  • Saddles and bridles for riding

Watch the video to find out: Are Shetlands expensive to keep?


Booking update:

The Ranch opens on Saturday 5th March 2022 – Sunday 27th November 2022.

Shetland Pony Parties – back on for 3 year olds! Amazing pony parties for children aged 3 -10 years old. Use of a private facility with 6 ponies, creating magical memories for your child’s birthday. One and a half hours – £650 for 10 children. Extra riding children (up to 18), £25 each.

Easter Egg Hunts 9th -18th April 2022. Come and take part in our fun Shetland Pony Treasure Hunts especially for Easter, with riding along a trail and chocolate eggs to find in the countryside. Easter fun for children aged 4-10 years old. One and a half-hour session- £65/ child.

Starter Rides  back on for 3 year olds! 45 minutes long and are specially designed as first riding experiences for children. £45/ child.

Own a Pony Experiences – are two hours long and are delightful early riding and learning experiences for children from age 4 years old. £65/ child.

book now

Do take a moment to watch our video this week, are Shetland ponies expensive to keep?

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

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