Starter Rides

Your magical experience with a Shetland pony

Starter rides are delightful pony riding experiences for children from age 2 ½ to around 10 years old.

Starter Ride at Shetland Pony Club

Starter Rides are 45 minutes long and specially designed first riding experiences for children from age 2½ years old. They cost £40 per child.  They are available from March – November by appointment only.

Please note your child MUST be 2 and a half years old at the time of the ride. We cannot take children under two years six months age. The ponies are fully booked for the 2019 season.  Join the waiting list for 2020.

Or give us a call on 07734 950 309.

Here’s what happens on a Starter Ride:

Children get to meet and greet the ponies, brush them, help to tack them up with a one to one helper and lead them. When they are really comfortable with the pony we sit them on and they have a 20 minute lead rein ride around our meadows. When they return they help to put the pony away and look after him. Starter rides are a really special and children are given a pony certificate to remember their morning by.

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On Starter Rides, the children will:

  • Meet the ponies and staff
  • Learn safety points
  • Groom the ponies
  • Tack up
  • Put on our riding hat
  • Learn to lead their pony
  • Gentle ride on the lead rein in our meadows with our staff
  • Care for their pony on their return
  • Drink and collect your certificate at prize giving

When are Starter Rides held?

Saturdays: 9.15am, 10.15am, 11.15am and 12.15pm

Sundays: 10.15am, 11.15am and 12.15pm

School Holiday weekdays 10am (excluding Fridays – pony rest day) March – November.

Starter Ride afternoons 2.15pm and 3.15pm  at a weekend, once a month throughout the season

45 minutes – £40

Parents must stay with the children. Children MUST be two and a half years old. No exceptions!

Please wear outdoor shoes or wellingtons and bring your camera

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

How can I book?

Don’t miss out on the perfect way to start with ponies. The ponies are fully booked for the 2019 season.  Join the waiting list for 2020.

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 on our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.