What do Shetland ponies eat?

What do Shetland ponies eat, is a great question that we find the answer to in this week’s Shetland Pony Club advice video.

What do Shetland ponies eat?

The main part of a Shetland pony’s diet is grass. He eats for as long as 16 hours per day, so can eat lots more grass than you might have in your garden.

Ponies like a varied diet

Just like us, ponies like to eat a range of foods. They are especially fond of milk thistles in summer and eat prickly common thistles in winter. They also enjoy other spikey plants such as blackberries, both the fruits and leaves, in the autumn.

Winter feeding of Shetland ponies

When it’s cold, the grass stops growing and ponies may need to be fed hay, which is dried grass, as a supplement to their normal grazing. They may need an additional small feed when they are being ridden regularly, to give them energy.  Our ponies at Shetland Pony Club have a feed each morning when they are being ridden by children.

Nutritious and delicious

Ponies also need to eat a range of minerals and vitamins.  On the Shetland Isles the ponies eat seaweed on the beaches, which is full of nutrients and salt.  At Shetland Pony Club in Surrey, we don’t have seaweed, but the ponies enjoy a salt lick to get their extra minerals.

How to store your pony feed

It’s important to store your pony feed carefully. Find out what happens if you don’t do this!

Watch the video to find out more:

Pony Fun Online

To help you keep in touch with the ponies, we have created a FREE Shetland Pony Club Online website.  It’s full of child friendly fun and learning for you to enjoy here: https://shetlandponyclubonline.co.uk/register/pony-share-members-3-month-free-access/

Book now for late summer pony riding

We’d love you to join us for pony fun. Summer riding is almost full as the ponies are very popular.

Which pony ride should I choose?

Starter Rides  are 45 minutes long and are specially designed as first riding experiences for children from age 4 years old. They cost £40 per child. Extra spaces available this weekend.

Own a Pony Experiences – are 2 hours long and are delightful early riding and learning experiences for children from age 4 years old. They cost £60 per child.

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 5-10. £125 per day. – email us to join the waiting list

Shetland Pony Parties – amazing pony parties for children aged 4 -10 years old. Use of a private facility at The Ranch, with 6 ponies creating magical memories for your child’s birthday. One and a half hours – £600 for 10 children. Extra riding children (up to 18), £25 each.

October Half Term riding now available to book

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For your safety we have COVID-secure procedures in place:

  • Please minimise the number of people attending with your child
  • You are welcome to watch from our socially distanced benches and marquee
  • Find out more about our COVID-secure procedures here

Do take a moment to watch this week’s video: what do Shetland ponies eat?


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

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

Watch more Shetland Pony Club TV videos here

Why do Shetland Ponies play Grandma’s Footsteps?

Some of our Shetland Ponies have been playing Grandma’s Footsteps at Shetland Pony Club this week.

Why are they following Andrew up the field at the ranch?

Who is first to spot what he is doing?

Which pony is missing out on the game?

Watch the video to find out more:

Book ahead for summer riding now

Summer pony camp days and weeks – enjoy the whole day with your favourite Shetland Pony and learn about how to look after him, as well as to enjoy riding and being with him. 9.30 – 4pm.  Summer holidays only – Age 5+. £119 per child (nearly full)

Pony Mornings – are 2 hours long perfect early riding experiences for children from age 4 years old. £49 per child.

Starter Rides are 45 minutes long and specially designed first riding experiences for children from age 2½ years old. £39 per child.


You can book online here or give us a call on 07734 950309 or info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

Small Ponies… Big Dreams from

Rosemary, Liz and all the Team and Ponies at Shetland Pony Club