Starter Rides

Your magical experience with a Shetland pony

Starter rides are delightful pony riding experiences for children from age 3 to around 10 years old depending on height (5 feet tall maximin)

Starter Ride at Shetland Pony Club

Starter Rides are 45 mins long and specially designed first riding experiences for children. Includes pony grooming and a ride on their own pony. Followed by a certificate presentation. £50 per child. Each child will have their own pony and helper. Please note your child MUST be 3 years old at the time of their ride.

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Availability is online or telephone us on 07734 950 309 and we would be happy to help.

Here’s what happens on a Starter Ride:

Children start by meeting and greeting their Shetland pony, learning to brush him and get to know him. With their one-to-one helper, they choose his saddle and help to put it on. They get to lead their pony first and then have a 20-minute ride, led by their trained helper, around our beautiful meadows. There’s time to take photos to capture that special magic too. After their ride, children offer their pony a drink, say goodbye then finish with a certificate. Starter Rides are a magical pony experience that will make your child’s pony dreams come true.

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On Starter Rides, the children will:

  • Meet the ponies and staff
  • Learn safety points
  • Groom the ponies
  • Tack up with the saddle and bridle
  • Put on our riding hat
  • Learn to lead their pony
  • Learn to ride gently, led by our team in the meadows
  • Care for their pony after their ride
  • Receive a certificate at prize giving

When are Starter Rides held?

  • Saturdays at 2.15pm and 3.15pm
  • Sundays  at 12 .15 pm
  • School Holiday Weekdays 9am and 10am (excluding Fridays – pony rest day) March – November.

45 minutes long – £50 ( please allow one hour in your schedule so we are not rushed)

Parents must stay with their children. Children MUST be 3 years old. No exceptions!

Please wear outdoor shoes, trainers or wellingtons and bring your camera.

We provide the latest specification of riding hats. Special riding clothes are not needed just outdoor clothes

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Or give us a call on 07734 950 309.  We get really busy, so do book ahead to avoid disappointment.

We have beautiful gift vouchers that last for the whole season that are available in our shop: Gift vouchers available in our shop

If you would like more information do call us: 07734 950 309 or email us at 

You can also look at our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

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Shetland Pony Club
The Ranch
Blue Bell Lane
Stoke D’Abernon
Near Cobham
KT11 3PW

01372 844 077
07734 950309

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