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

book now

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

Shetland Ponies Sleeping

 

Shhhh… the Shetland ponies are sleeping! The ponies have been very busy with Jubilee Pony Street parties and Half Term. Now it’s time for the ponies to have a well-earned rest. Watch the video to see all the Shetland Ponies sleeping.

 

Can you see Dinky having a snooze in the sun?

 

Ponies do lie down for short periods of time in the field when they feel safe. The ponies like to rest in little groups together, generally with a look out pony to see if there is any danger.

 

Can you see Gordon looking out for his friends?

 

In the wild they would need to be careful that a tiger wouldn’t come and sneak up on them. So it’s a good idea to sleep in a group with a look out.

 

Watch the video to find out more: Shetland Ponies Sleeping

 

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. Availability from July

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. Availability from July

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. 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. Filling up fast!

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

book now

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

Our Jubilee Shetland Pony Street Party

Last weekend we had our very own special Jubilee Shetland Pony Street Party!

The ponies are all dressed up in their Union Jack flags, Jubilee sashes and their little tiaras and crowns.

Can you see what special outfit Tintin is wearing for the celebrations?

In London the Trooping of the Colour Parade is under way, and in honour of The Queen we have our very own Pony Parade too. The skies were clear at The Ranch and we saw the aeroplanes that took part in the fly pass from London.

We had fun photos under the Jubilee arch and in the special photo frame. Can you see Prince William posing?

After the parade and photos, it’s time for party tea. We had lots of yummy cakes, sandwiches, and muffins. Everyone joined in and had so much fun. We think The Queen would’ve approved of our Pony Street Party!

Watch the video to find out more: Our Jubilee Shetland Pony Street Party

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. Availability from July

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. Availability from July

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. 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. Filling up fast!

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

book now

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

Visit to the Queen’s Highland Ponies at Balmoral

In this special episode for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we are going to look at a trip I took to the Queen’s private estate at Balmoral to see her Highland Ponies!

Highland Ponies are native to the Highlands of Scotland, they like Shetlands but bigger. The Queen breeds them on her estate in Balmoral. I spent a day with the Stud Manager and we had lots of jobs to do.

  • First we had to give the ponies some hay
  • Then we had to fed the stallions, male ponies, a special feed

We drove around the Balmoral Estate; can you see what other animals I saw?

We then visited the mothers with their foals, they were adorable! Highland ponies are quite rare, so the Stud plays an important role in protecting them. The mothers’ give the foals milk to drink and then they learn to eat hay and grass. As the foals grow up, they are used for:

  • Riding
  • Transporting things around the hilly estate

It was such a special treat to see all the wonderful Highland Ponies. Thank you to HM The Queen for taking excellent care of her native breeds.

Watch the video to find out more: Visit to the Queen’s Highland Ponies at Balmoral

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. Availability from July

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. Saturday 4th June 9am-11am

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. 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. Filling up fast!

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

book now

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

Half Term Jubilee Fun at Shetland Pony Club

We have so much Half Term Jubilee Fun at Shetland Pony Club coming up! It looks like a normal day at The Ranch the ponies are relaxing. However we’re busy building a special Jubilee arch in preparation for our Celebration Jubilee rides next week!

The ponies love the Royal events at The Ranch, and they’re practicing wearing their outfits for the Platinum Jubilee. Can you see what the ponies are wearing in the video?

In the field our special Jubilee arch is coming along nicely, with beautiful purple, white and silver roses. What does Toffee think of the Jubilee arch? Which two ponies are watching the Jubilee arch being built?

Now it’s time for the finishing touches to the Jubilee arch, a crown! The ponies are really looking forward to all the fun riding over Half Term. We have Starter Rides available, Own a Pony Experiences and our Special Jubilee Rides. Do come and join us for lots of pony riding fun over Half Term. Book now!

Watch the video to find out more: Half Term Jubilee Fun at Shetland Pony Club

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


Booking update:

What’s on during May Half Term: May 30th-3rd June

Jubilee Rides: Join in the pony fun with Jubilee-themed Pony Dress–Up, riding along our Jubilee Trail around our beautiful meadows, followed by the opportunity to take photos of your child at our Platinum Jubilee Arch.One and a half our and half long. £65 per child.Book now!

  • Monday 30th May 2:30-4pm Full (join wait list)
  • Tuesday 31st May 2:30-4pm Spaces
  • Wednesday 1st June2:30-4pm Limited spaces
  • Thursday 2nd June 2:30-4pm Limited spaces

Own a Pony Experiences: Great for children who are keen to have pony fun and learn about ponies. Enjoy riding and pony care. 2 hours, from age 4, £65 per child. Book now!

  • Saturday 28th May 11am-1pm- Limited Spaces
  • Sunday 29th May 10am-12pm- Limited Spaces
  • Monday 30th May 11am-1pm – Spaces
  • Tuesday 31st May 11am-1pm –Limited Spaces
  • Wednesday 1st June 11am-1pm- Full
  • Thursday 2nd June 11am-1pm- Limited Spaces
  • Friday 3rd June 11am-1pm – Spaces

Starter Rides:–  are 3/4 of an hour long and specially designed first riding experiences for children.  £45 per child. From 3 years old. Book now!

  • Monday 30th May 9am  – Full
  • Monday 30th May 10am  – Full
  • Monday 30th May 2:15pm  – New! Spaces
  • Monday 30th May 3:15pm  – New! Spaces
  • Tuesday 31st May 9am – Limited Spaces
  • Tuesday 31st May 10am – Full
  • Wednesday 1st June 9am –  Spaces
  • Wednesday 1st June 10am – Full
  • Wednesday 1st June 11am – Limited Spaces
  • Wednesday 1st June 12pm – Full
  • Thursday 2nd June- Full
  • Friday 3rd June – Full

book now

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. Booking from July.
Summer Pony Day Camps 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!
Contact us on: 07734 950 309 or email: info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

The Queen at the Royal Windsor Horse Show


This week Rosemary saw the Queen at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. It’s the Queen’s favourite horse show and she has attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show every year since 1943.

Watch the video to find out which ponies and horses Rosemary saw at the show:

The Fell pony, they are like Shetlands although larger.  It’s a special year for the Fell pony as it was the centenary of the Fell Society. They were invited to partake in a special parade at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. The Queen was photographed earlier this year with her two lovely Fell ponies to commemorate her Platinum Jubilee.

The Shetland Pony Grand National. Which we love, it’s special for us as our pony Gordon raced at Windsor in front of the Queen years ago!

Join us for Jubilee fun over half term!

To celebrate we are putting on special Jubilee fun pony rides along our Jubilee Trail around our beautiful meadows. Pony dress-up, followed by the opportunity to take photos of your child at our Platinum Jubilee Arch. Commemorative rosette and certificate included.

  • Monday 30th May 14:30- 16:00 Full
  • Tuesday 31st  May 14:30- 16:00 Limited Spaces
  • Wednesday 1st June 14:30- 16:00 Limited Spaces
  • Thursday 2nd June 9:15- 10:45 Spaces
  • Friday 3rd June 14:30- 16:00 Spaces

book now

Watch the video to find out more: The Queen at the Royal Windsor Horse Show


Booking update- May half term 30th  May – 5th June,

Platinum Jubilee Celebration Pony Rides  fun pony rides along our Jubilee Trail around our beautiful meadows, with pony dress-up, followed by the opportunity to take photos of your child at our Platinum Jubilee Arch. Commemorative rosette and certificate included. Ages 4 to 10 years old. One and a half hours – £65/child. During May Half term and the Jubilee Bank holiday. Book now

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 21st May 14:15- 15:00. Book now

Starter Rides  back on for 3 year olds! 45 minutes long and are specially designed as first riding experiences for children. £45/ child. Saturday 21st May 15:15- 16:00, New! Only a few spaces available. Book now

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. Sunday 22nd May 14:15-16:15, only a few spots left, Hurry! Book now

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. Availability from July. Book now

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

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