How can my child start pony riding – Parents Advice Part 3

Research shows that riding is good for children

In our first 2 videos in this Parents Advice series, we learned that regular access to green spaces, which happens when you ride outside, can make your child healthier and happier. Riding from a young age can lead to a life of success and fun too.

How can my child start pony riding?

Parents often ask us the best way to begin riding with children, because we have taught over 20,000 children to ride. Successful riding starts with having the right trained pony, and a Shetland pony is small and helps children feel confident.

It’s important to have an experienced helper. All our children ride on a lead rein, with a one-to-one helper to guide them every step of the way, making learning riding fun, easy and safe.

Special Riding Method

We have a special beginners’ riding method, where we use soft saddles to start children learning riding. This helps children develop a good seat and position, and we add stirrups and reins later. Children ride outside in nature with friends, so they relax and have fun when they are with their pony, caring for him as well as riding.

Which type of riding should I choose for my child?

Starter Rides are a great way to begin from age 3. Children meet their pony and spend 45 mins with him. They brush and get to know him, and have a short, happy ride with their pony and helper.

Own a Pony Experiences are suitable for children from age 4. They meet their pony and learn how to care for him, as well as a longer ride with friends around our beautiful farmland trails.

Pony Share Membership is great for those who are keen to ride weekly, without the costs and responsibilities of actually owning a pony. It’s a practical way for keen children to learn more and enjoy the benefits of regular riding.

So, a great way to begin riding with children is to start at a specialist children’s riding centre, like Shetland Pony Club.

Bookings are now open for 2024, so if you’d like your child to start pony riding:

book now

Watch the video to find out more.

We can’t wait to see you for riding again from 2 March 2024!

From Rosemary, Liz, Libbie, the Team, and all the ponies at Shetland Pony Club

P.S. Bookings for riding at Shetland Pony Club are now open and we start riding again on 2 March 2024.


Bookings update – bookings for 2024 are now open!

We start riding again on 2 March 2024 and we are so looking forward to welcoming you!

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What to book at Shetland Pony Club

Starter Rides – 45 minutes long and are specially designed as first riding experiences for children. From age 3 years old. £50 per child.

Own a Pony Experiences – two hours long and are delightful early riding and learning experiences for children from age 4 years old. £75 per child.

Starter Ride at Shetland Pony Club

Shetland Pony Parties – 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, £750 for 10 children. Extra riding children (up to 18), £30 each.

Easter Egg Hunts – fun Shetland Pony Treasure Hunts especially for Easter, with riding along a trail and chocolate eggs to find in the countryside. Ages 4 to 10 years old. One and a half hours – £75 per child

book now

Summer pony camp days – 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+. £150 per day or £600 per week.

Vets day at Shetland Pony Club CampVets Day Pony Weighing at Shetland Pony Club

Pony Share Membership – experience a pony of your own, the easy way. Learn to ride, build a bond with your pony, come regularly to our club and enjoy pony fun in the countryside.

  • Pony Membership– a pony of your own each week, 2 hours, from age 4+ £275 per month.
  • Mini Membership– a pony of your own each week, 45 minutes, from age 3+ £195 per month.

Pony Walking Experiences – the perfect way for grown-ups and everyone aged 11+ to enjoy Shetland Ponies in the beautiful Surrey countryside. Come and spend time learning about and leading an adorable Shetland pony. Followed by Coffee and brownies. 1 Hour, £50 per adult

Customer views

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Take a moment to watch this week’s video: How can my child start pony riding?

How to care for Shetland Ponies in frosty weather

In this week’s video we find out how to care for Shetland Ponies in frosty weather. 

Furry ponies

Our ponies have a double layered furry coat which keeps them nice and warm in the winter. Can you see which two ponies are named in the video?

Icy grass

The frosty weather can cause problems in the morning when the ponies eat the icy grass. When the sun comes up the frost melts away and the grass becomes very sugary which can be bad for ponies. It can cause something called frost induced laminitis which makes their feet sore. 

What to do on frosty mornings

At Shetland Pony Club, our ponies live out in the field so when there is frosty weather we get up early and feed them hay so they don’t eat the sugary grass. 

Watch the video to find out more… 

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


Quick survey about Birthday Parties

We are very close to launching our 2024 programme and we are very excited to be sharing with you our new birthday party programme for 2024. However, we need your help. Before we finalise our plans, we need to make sure we have covered everything you want. That is where you come in. Please take a few minutes to answer this super short survey. We just need to know two things… 

What are the top two questions you really want to know before booking a birthday party for your child? 

Shetland Pony Party

Take the survey now 


We open for riding on 2 March 2024

The office will be open throughout the winter. Do contact us on 07734 950 309 or info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

Bookings for 2024 will open during January.

A Members photo at Shetland Pony Club

Our VIP Wait List is now open. Keep an eye on our weekly emails to be the first to know when bookings are released.


Pony Share Waiting List – enrolling for 2024 now

Want a pony for 2024? 

Join our waiting list now to find out how you could become a member at Shetland Pony Club and receive a gorgeous members pack, and a pony to ride every week in 2024.

Pony Share Membership at Shetland Pony Club

We are enrolling now for our Pony Share Membership for 2024

You can experience a pony of your own, the easy way, with Pony Share Membership. Learn to ride, build a bond with your pony, come regularly to our club and enjoy pony fun in the countryside.

  • Pony Membership – a pony of your own each week, 2 hours, from age 4+ £275 per month.
  • Mini Membership – a pony of your own each week, 45 minutes, from age 3+ £195 per month.

Find out more here


Take a moment to enjoy our  video – How to care for Shetland Ponies in frosty weather


From Rosemary, Liz, Libbie, the Team, and all the ponies at Shetland Pony Club

A Christmas Card from the Shetland Ponies

Take a moment to enjoy our Christmas Card from the Shetland Ponies, and watch the adorable ponies in the snowy Surrey Hills countryside.

Fluffy ponies enjoy cold weather

Although the weather in England is very mild at the moment, Shetland ponies are well adapted to live in cold weather, with fantastic fluffy coats that keep them warm.

They are so well insulated that the snow doesn’t melt on their coats. To help keep them warm we feed the ponies hay during snowy weather whilst the grass is covered.

Do you know your Shetland ponies?

  • Can you see which pony is tucking into the hay?
  • Which pony is the fluffiest?

Watch the video to find out more

Thank you for supporting Shetland Pony Club

We would like to thank all our members, customers, suppliers and friends from all over the world for all your support this year.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas from Rosemary, Liz, Libbie, the Team, and all the ponies at Shetland Pony Club

P.S. The office will be open throughout the winter and we start riding again on 2 March 2024.


Be the first to know when 2024 bookings open

Bookings for 2024 will open during January.

Shetland Pony Club - Bookings wait list

Please keep an eye on our weekly emails and join the waitlist to be the first to know when bookings are released.


Enrol now for a Pony Share Member in 2024

Pony Share Membership – you can experience a pony of your own, the easy way, with Pony Share Membership. Learn to ride, build a bond with your pony, come regularly to our club and enjoy pony fun in the countryside. Join our waitlist for a pony share in 2024. 

Pony Riding at Shetland Pony Club - one to one helpers

  • Pony Membership – a pony of your own each week, 2 hours, from age 4+ £275 per month.
  • Mini Membership – a pony of your own each week, 45 minutes, from age 3+ £195 per month.


There is still time to buy print-at-home gift vouchers in time for Christmas

Shetland Pony Club Gift Vouchers: are a wonderful gift for anyone who loves Shetland ponies. We have print-at-home vouchers that you can download now from £10– £150 and you can purchase them here.

Gift Vouchers from Shetland Pony Club


Do take a moment to enjoy this weeks video: A Christmas Card from the Shetland Ponies

Shetland Pony Share Members Autumn Ride

It’s our last autumn ride of the year at Shetland Pony Club. The ponies are ready to ride with our Pony Share Members all around the farm.   

Lovely Autumn Ride 

The children and ponies set out to enjoy the lovely scenery and the crisp frosty morning at the Ranch. With their Pony Share Members, the ponies have enjoyed riding throughout the changing seasons, and they are now ready for their winter holidays. 

Pony Share Membership 

If you’d like to join us for pony riding throughout the seasons, from bluebell trails in the woods through to crisp autumn rides, get in touch to join the waiting list for a Pony Share in 2024. 

Watch the video to find out more.

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


Pony Share Membership  

Want a pony for Christmas?  

Find out how you could become a member at Shetland Pony Club and receive a gorgeous members pack under the tree for your child at Christmas, and a pony to ride every week in 2024. We are enrolling now for our Pony Share Membership for 2024 

Shetland Pony Creme Brulee at Christmas

You can experience a pony of your own, the easy way, withPony Share Membership.Learn to ride, build a bond with your pony, come regularly to our club and enjoy pony fun in the countryside.  

  • Pony Membership – a pony of your own each week, 2 hours, from age 4+ £275 per month. 
  • Mini Membership – a pony of your own each week, 45 minutes, from age 3+ £195 per month. 

Find out more here 


Shetland Pony Gift Shopping 

You can also Visit our online shop- great Christmas gift ideas! 

Shetland Pony Club Gift Vouchers:  are a wonderful gift for anyone who loves Shetland ponies. We have online vouchers or beautiful hard-copy vouchers. £45 – £135.  You can purchase them here. Or call the office, 01372 844 077 / 07734 950309.  

Gift Vouchers from Shetland Pony Club

The School Trot Book The School Trot is a beautifully illustrated children’s hardback bedtime story book, written by Rosemary, founder of Shetland Pony Club. It’s all about her very first Shetland pony, Billyboon and Camilla, who really did ride to school on a Shetland Pony. This book is a perfect short bedtime story and makes a lovely gift. It is published in hardback only and is £8.99 +p&p. You can purchasehere. 

The School Trot - Front Cover

Adopt a pony, Robin Hood–  rescued pony at Shetland Pony Club. Receive a beautiful pony gift pack, access to Robin Hood’s own website, email updates and a voucher to visit him. Learn all about him and show you care.  All proceeds go to help other horses in need. By adopting Robin Hood you are supporting our current horse charity, The Horse Trust.  £50 +p&p. Find out more about  Adopt a pony here. 

Robin Hood in the Blue Bells in spring

Do take a moment to watch this week’s episode of Shetland Pony Club TV: Shetland Pony Share Members Autumn Ride

Our Shetland ponies in Storm Eunice

Join Rosemary in this week’s video, our Shetland ponies in Storm Eunice.

Last week the UK was hit by Storm Eunice, with winds up to 90mph. Thankfully all the Shetlands are safe and well, albeit a little windswept. The only damage we had was our large Ash tree that fell in the winds, this was sad as the Shetlands loved standing under it all year round.

Watch the latest video to find out what precautions Rosemary took to ensure the ponies’ safety by:

  • Moving the ponies into the Rewilding field where there are no trees to fall over
  • The Rewilding field has lots of bramble bushes that the ponies can shelter behind
  • Keeping the Shetlands outdoors not in a stable as the high winds would have made this dangerous.

Watch the video: Our Shetland ponies in Storm Eunice


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