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

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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

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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

New Shetland Pony Shop is Open

Our New Shetland Pony Shop is open at The Ranch. It’s a fun pop-up shop in a vintage pony trailer selling all things “Shetland Pony” or from the Shetland Islands.  Come and visit us and to see what’s available in our store:

  • Gorgeous Shetland pony soft toys
  • Luxurious Shetland Island soaps and handwashes
  • Cute Thelwell wooden postcards of Shetland ponies
  • Shetland Pony cards
  • Shetland Pony Club mugs and jigsaw puzzles

There is still some space to come and ride with us over Half-Term until 5 November – so you can now enjoy a Halloween Pony Ride, a free coffee, and go home with a memento to suit all budgets from our pop-up Shetland Pony Shop.

Watch the video to find out more…

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


Book your Half Term Riding here:

Halloween Pumpkin Rides, Starter RidesOwn a Pony Experiences,  Shetland Pony Walking Experiences,  Shetland Pony Parties,

Halloween Pumpkin Rides – Half-Term Only

Come and enjoy our Halloween Pumpkin Rides – themed pony treasure hunts for pony-mad witches and wizards. Enjoy 1½ hours of pony riding fun at the ranch, during October Half Term. Pumpkin rides start with pony dress-up Halloween style, followed by a ride through the meadows to our pumpkin candy trail. There are special rosettes for all riders. Suitable for children aged 4 – 10 years. £75/child.

Adorable Halloween Pony Riding - Book Now

Next availability:

  • Thursday 26 October, 2:30pm – fully booked
  • Friday 27 October, 9:30am – spaces
  • Friday 27 October, 11:30am – fully booked
  • Friday 27 October, 2:30pm – spaces
  • Saturday 28 October, 2:30pm – spaces
  • Sunday 29 October, 2:30pm – spaces
  • Monday 30 October, 9:30am, – spaces
  • Monday 30 October, 11:30am , 2:30pmfully booked
  • Tuesday 31 October, 9:30am, 11:30am, 2:30pm – spaces

Starter Rides

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.

Next availability:

  • Thurs 26 Oct 10am – spaces
  • Fri 27 Oct – fully booked
  • Sun 29 Oct 12.15pm  one space only
  • Wed 1 Nov 10am – almost full
  • Thurs 2 Nov 10am – spaces
  • Sun 5 Nov 12.15pm – fully booked
  • Sun 5 Nov 2.30pm and 3.30pm – spaces

Own a Pony Experiences 

Own a Pony Experiences are two hours long and are delightful early riding and learning experiences for children from age 4 years old. Includes lots of riding and pony care, followed by a rosette presentation. £75 per child. Each child will have their own pony and helper.

Next availability 

  • Thurs 25 Oct 11am – spaces
  • Sat 29 Oct 2.15pm – fully booked
  • Sun 30 Oct 2.15pm – fully booked
  • Wed 1 Nov 11am – spaces
  • Thurs 2 Nov 11am – spaces
  • Sat 4 Nov 2.15pm – spaces
  • Sun 5 Nov 2.15pm – fully booked

Shetland Pony Parties

Amazing Shetland Pony Parties for children aged 3 -10 years old. Use of our private facility with adorable Shetland 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. If guest numbers exceed 18 please get in touch with the office and we will see if we can accommodate.

Next availability:

  • Sat 11 Nov – Fully Booked
  • Sun, 12 Nov 2:30pm – Available
  • Sat 18 Nov – Fully Booked
  • Sun, 19 Nov 2:30pm – Available
  • Sat, 25 Nov 2:30pm – Available
  • Sun 26 Nov – Fully Booked

You can book online or give us a call 07734 950 309 or email us: info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

Do take a moment to watch this week’s episode of Shetland Pony Club TV: New Shetland Pony Shop is Open

Halloween Shetland Pony Ride

It’s time for our legendary Halloween Shetland Pony Rides over 2 weeks of half-term this autumn. The ponies are getting ready with the children with Halloween dressing-up. After photos, they head out to enjoy a wonderful long ride along the Pumpkin Trial. Then it’s time for a candy hunt in the beautiful meadows at Shetland Pony Club – amazing fun for children ages 4-10+

Watch the video, if you dare…

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


Book your Half Term Riding here:

Halloween Pumpkin Rides, Starter RidesOwn a Pony Experiences,  Shetland Pony Walking Experiences,  Shetland Pony Parties,

Halloween Pumpkin Rides – Half-Term Only

Halloween Pony Dress up Fun

Come and enjoy our Halloween Pumpkin Rides – themed pony treasure hunts for pony-mad witches and wizards. Enjoy 1½ hours of pony riding fun at the ranch, during October Half Term. Pumpkin rides start with pony dress-up Halloween style, followed by a ride through the meadows to our pumpkin candy trail. There are special rosettes for all riders. Suitable for children aged 4 – 10 years. £75/child.

Pumpkin trail at Halloween at Shetland Pony Club

Next availability:

    • Saturday 21 October, 2:30pm – fully booked
    • Sunday 22 October, 2:30pm – fully booked
    • Monday 23 October, 2:30pm – spaces
    • Tuesday 24 October, 2:30pm – fully booked
    • Wednesday 25 October, 2:30pm – fully booked
    • Thursday 26 October, 2:30pm – spaces
    • Friday 27 October, 9:30am – spaces
    • Friday 27 October, 11:30am – fully booked
    • Friday 27 October, 2:30pm fully booked
    • Saturday 28 October, 2:30pm – spaces
    • Sunday 29 October, 2:30pm – spaces
    • Monday 30 October, 9:30am, – spaces
    • Monday 30 October, 11:30am , 2:30pm fully booked
    • Tuesday 31 October, 9:30am, 11:30am, 2:30pm – spaces

book now

Starter Rides

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.

Autumn Starter Ride at Shetland Pony Club

Next availability:

  • Sun 22 Oct – fully booked
  • Mon 23 Oct – fully booked
  • Tues 24 Oct 10am – fully booked
  • Wed 25 Oct 11am, 12 noon – spaces
  • Thurs 26 Oct 10am – spaces
  • Fri 27 Oct – fully booked
  • Sun 29 Oct 12.15pm fully booked
  • Wed 1 Nov 10am – almost full
  • Thurs 2 Nov 10am – spaces

book now

Own a Pony Experiences 

Own a Pony Experiences are two hours long and are delightful early riding and learning experiences for children from age 4 years old. Includes lots of riding and pony care, followed by a rosette presentation. £75 per child. Each child will have their own pony and helper.

Summer Own a Pony Experience at Shetland Pony Club

Next availability 

  • Sat 14 and Sun 15 Oct – fully booked
  • Sat 21 and Sun 22 Oct – fully booked
  • Mon 23 Oct 11am – fully booked
  • Tues 24 Oct 11am – fully booked
  • Wed 25 Oct 11am – spaces
  • Thurs 25 Oct 11am – spaces
  • Wed 1 Nov 11am – spaces
  • Thurs 2 Nov 11am – spaces

book now

Shetland Pony Parties

Amazing Shetland Pony Parties for children aged 3 -10 years old. Use of our private facility with adorable Shetland 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. If guest numbers exceed 18 please get in touch with the office and we will see if we can accommodate.

Party riding at Shetland Pony Club

Next availability:

  • Sun, 5 Nov 2:30pm – spaces
  • Sun, 12 Nov 2:30pm – spaces

You can book online or give us a call 07734 950 309 or email us: info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

book now

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

Boo! What’s spooking the Shetland ponies this Halloween

It’s horsey Halloween at Shetland Pony Club and the sun is going down at The Ranch.  Bats and badgers are coming out to play, but…

Boo! what’s spooking the Shetland ponies tonight?

There’s something spooky that’s causing a blistering bolt amongst the ponies.

What is causing that fangtastic fright for Dinky?

Watch the video here, if you dare…

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


Book your Half Term Riding here:

Halloween Pumpkin Rides, Starter RidesOwn a Pony Experiences,  Shetland Pony Walking Experiences,  Shetland Pony Parties,

Halloween Pumpkin Rides – Half-Term Only

Halloween Pony Dress up Fun

Come and enjoy our Halloween Pumpkin Rides – themed pony treasure hunts for pony-mad witches and wizards. Enjoy 1½ hours of pony riding fun at the ranch, during October Half Term. Pumpkin rides start with pony dress-up Halloween style, followed by a ride through the meadows to our pumpkin candy trail. There are special rosettes for all riders. Suitable for children aged 4 – 10 years. £75/child.

Pumpkin trail at Halloween at Shetland Pony Club

Next availability:

    • Saturday 21 October, 2:30pm – fully booked
    • Sunday 22 October, 2:30pm – spaces
    • Monday 23 October, 2:30pm – spaces
    • Tuesday 24 October, 2:30pm – spaces
    • Wednesday 25 October, 2:30pm – fully booked
    • Thursday 26 October, 2:30pm – spaces
    • Friday 27 October, 9:30am,11:30am – fully booked
    • Friday 27 October, 2:30pm – almost full
    • Saturday 28 October, 2:30pm – spaces
    • Sunday 29 October, 2:30pm – spaces
    • Monday 30 October, 9:30am, 11:30am – almost full
    • Tuesday 31 October, 9:30am, 11:30am, 2:30pm – spaces

book now

Starter Rides

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.

Autumn Starter Ride at Shetland Pony Club

Next availability:

  • Sun 15 Oct 9am – one space only
  • Sun 22 Oct – fully booked
  • Mon 23 Oct – fully booked
  • Tues 24 Oct 10am – spaces
  • Wed 25 Oct 10am – almost full
  • Thurs 26 Oct 10am – spaces
  • Fri 27 Oct – fully booked
  • Sun 29 Oct 12.15pm – one space only
  • Wed 1 Nov 10am – almost full
  • Wed 1 Nov 10am – spaces

book now

Own a Pony Experiences 

Own a Pony Experiences are two hours long and are delightful early riding and learning experiences for children from age 4 years old. Includes lots of riding and pony care, followed by a rosette presentation. £75 per child. Each child will have their own pony and helper.

Summer Own a Pony Experience at Shetland Pony Club

Next availability 

  • Sat 14 and Sun 15 Oct – fully booked
  • Sat 21 and Sun 22 Oct – fully booked
  • Mon 23 Oct 11am – fully booked
  • Tues 24 Oct 11am – almost full
  • Wed 25 Oct 11am – spaces
  • Thurs 25 Oct 11am – spaces
  • Wed 1 Nov 11am – spaces
  • Thurs 2 Nov 11am – spaces

book now

Shetland Pony Parties

Amazing Shetland Pony Parties for children aged 3 -10 years old. Use of our private facility with adorable Shetland 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. If guest numbers exceed 18 please get in touch with the office and we will see if we can accommodate.

Party riding at Shetland Pony Club

Next availability:

  • Sun, 5 Nov 2:30pm
  • Sun, 12 Nov 2:30pm

You can book online or give us a call 07734 950 309 or email us: info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

book now

Do take a moment to watch this week’s episode of Shetland Pony Club TV: Boo! What’s spooking the Shetland ponies this Halloween