Pony advice on horse riding and pony care from Shetland Pony Club

Our pony advice blog and video series is here, all in one place to help you learn all you want to know about learning to horse ride, pony care and starting out with ponies.

Whether it’s how to catch a pony, how to put on a bridle or saddle, how to walk, or trot, we will show you how to begin safety.  Find out all about ponies here.

 

Do you dream of owning a Shetland pony?

Do you dream of owning a Shetland pony?

Do you dream of owning a Shetland pony, but are worried about the practicalities? Well, you’ve come to the right place. In this video we find out about the problems of buying and caring for a Shetland pony and how our membership can help. A pony of your own, the easy...

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How long do Shetland ponies live?

How long do Shetland ponies live?

People often ask us how long do Shetland ponies live? Let’s find out more about the Shetland pony breed and what their characteristics are. A native breed Shetland ponies are a native breed, which means that they have adapted to their environment over centuries and...

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Shetland Pony Nottingham’s Vet Visit

Shetland Pony Nottingham’s Vet Visit

This week we find out about Shetland Pony Nottingham’s Vet Visit. Nottingham had a small cut just above his hoof, when he came in for breakfast one morning. We decided to organise a vet visit to make sure he was going to be OK. Vet visit for Nottingham The vet needed...

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Learning to be a Shetland Pony Vet

Learning to be a Shetland Pony Vet

Would you like to learn to be a Shetland Pony Vet? Lots of our staff have trained to be vets and some are hoping to get places at vet school tomorrow, on A-Level results day. Good luck staff! Many of the children who ride with us would like to be vets too. So, at...

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Shetland Pony weigh-in after lockdown

Shetland Pony weigh-in after lockdown

During lockdown the Shetland ponies did a lot of resting and eating.  Some of them have put on too much weight.  How can we tell? Shetland Pony weigh-in At Shetland Pony Club we have some special pony scales so that we can have a Shetland Pony weigh-in to see if the...

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How to feed a Shetland pony

How to feed a Shetland pony

This week, we find out how to feed a Shetland pony, in one of our series of pony advice videos.  We all know that ponies eat grass, but did you know that they are browsers and enjoy eating prickly plants like thistles and blackberries. Unusual foods for Shetland...

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Can Shetland ponies dream?

Can Shetland ponies dream?

This week we find out: can Shetland ponies dream? In this pony information video, we learn about how ponies sleep, and whether they dream? How do Shetland ponies sleep? Ponies have special joints which enable them to lock their back legs, so that they can rest...

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Do Shetland ponies need a dentist?

Do Shetland ponies need a dentist?

Lots of people ask us about caring for Shetland ponies. A frequently asked question is: do Shetland ponies need a dentist? Yes, they do… Our specialist equine dentist, Rob, comes to see our Shetland ponies regularly, to check their teeth.  It’s a good job to do in the...

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What makes a quality Shetland Pony?

What makes a quality Shetland Pony?

This week we find out what makes a quality Shetland Pony in an information video from Rosemary. Find out about pony passports and if they mean that a pony has good breeding. You will learn which characteristics to look for in a quality Shetland Pony, such as a kind...

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Keeping Shetland ponies in a natural way

Keeping Shetland ponies in a natural way

We are often asked, where do our Shetland ponies live?  Do they have stables nearby and what do they need to eat to be healthy? Keeping Shetland ponies in a natural way At Shetland Pony Club, we have been keeping our Shetland ponies in a natural way for over 10 years,...

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Learn how to play polo on a Shetland pony

Learn how to play polo on a Shetland pony

Learn how to play polo on a Shetland pony in this week’s episode of Shetland Pony Club TV. What is polo? Polo is an exciting game played on polo ponies at the gallop.  It's very skilled when played well, but everybody has to start somewhere. So how do I start to learn...

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How can I ride the same pony each week?

How can I ride the same pony each week?

Find out how you can ride the same pony each week at Shetland Pony Club. Advice on Pony Ownership Parents often ask us all about buying and owning a Shetland pony.  When they find out how much it costs (the British Horse Society estimates that it costs about £7,000...

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Can I keep a Shetland pony in my garden?

Can I keep a Shetland pony in my garden?

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...

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