Looking for a new Shetland pony on the Shetland Isles – Part 2

Last week, we found some Shetland pony stallions that were too big for us and some foals that were too small. So this week we visit Shetland ponies on Bressay, another island, to try and find the perfect Shetland pony for us.

Shetland ponies on Bressay

Bressay is a short ferry ride from the Shetland Mainland. It is famous because there is a special Pictish Stone there called the Bressay Stone. It is carved with a Shetland pony being ridden by a Viking. So Shetland ponies are thought to have travelled to Shetland on Viking longships.

Grassy pastures are ideal for breeding Shetland ponies

The Marquis of Londonderry used the rich grasses on Bressay to breed many Shetland ponies to be used in coal mines around the world. They travelled by boat too, but they are not here now, so we need to look elsewhere.

Burra and the Shetland Pony Experience

The Merkisayre Stud on the Island of Burra has many wonderful ponies and the most adorable mares and foals. So do they have the perfect Shetland pony for us?

Watch the video to find out more:

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How to book a pony ride at Shetland Pony Club

We’d love you to join us for pony fun this autumn.  We are open at weekends and in the holidays until Sunday 28 November.

You can book online here now, or give us a call on 07734 950 309.

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. Some availability.

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. Limited availability.

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. Age 4 +. £60 per child. Fully booked.

Shetland Pony Parties – amazing pony parties for children aged 4 -10 years old. Use of a private facility, 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.  Full for 2021 – now booking for 2022.

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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 Safari Tent
  • Find out more about our COVID-secure procedures here

Do take a moment to watch this week’s video: Looking for a new Shetland pony on the Shetland Isles – part 2

Enjoy!

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

Learn how to ride a Shetland pony

Always wanted your child to learn how to ride a Shetland Pony? Find out how to begin riding with a Starter Ride, in this week’s advice video from Shetland Pony Club.

Learn how to ride a Shetland pony

At Shetland Pony Club, we have helped more than 12,000 children begin riding.  With a relaxed, gentle approach, children develop a love of ponies that will last a lifetime. Many children who first rode with us are now grown up and have gone on to have their own ponies, compete at top level, become vets or come back to help more children start riding with us.

How do I begin riding?

The best way to start riding is by trying a Starter ride. Children aged 4-10 years, put on a riding hat, and learn how to be safe around ponies. They begin by meeting their pony and brushing him. A gentle, hands-on approach works well and our young riders love to choose their saddle and help to get their pony ready for riding.

Shetland ponies lead the way

Shetland ponies are ideal to start on, as they are small and the children learn to lead them before getting on. Each child enjoys a relaxed ride on their pony around our meadows, being led by their helper. They get plenty of time to get used to riding, and there’s a chance for parents to take photos at the end.

Children help with pony care

It’s important to look after our pony before ourselves, so the children make sure he is untacked after his ride and offer him a drink of water. They love the responsibility of caring for him. Once the pony care is over it’s time for more hand washing and a reward…

Watch the video to find out more:

How to book a Starter Ride at Shetland Pony Club

We’d love you to join us for Starter Rides and pony fun for weekend and half term riding this autumn.  We are open at weekends and in the holidays until Sunday 28 November.

You can book online here now, or give us a call on 07734 950 309.

book now

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.  – Half term availability

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.  – Half term availability

Shetland Pony Parties – amazing pony parties for children aged 4 -10 years old. Use of a private facility, 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. – Almost full for 2021 – now booking for 2022

October Half Term riding now available to book

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. Age 4 +. £60 per child. Fully booked.

book now

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 Safari Tent
  • Find out more about our COVID-secure procedures here

Do take a moment to watch this week’s video: learn how to ride a Shetland pony

Enjoy!

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

Watch the Shetland ponies running out to grass

This week, watch the Shetland ponies running out to grass at the end of their busy summer riding programme.

Watch the Shetland ponies running out to grass

There’s a new paddock being made ready for the Shetland ponies to enjoy at the end of a busy summer of riding. Some of the ponies are excited to get there quickly to enjoy the long grass.

Which Shetland pony runs the fastest?

Watch to see which pony runs the fastest out to the grass – do you think Mufasa is the fastest, or is it Simba, Fudge or Prince William?

Who is best friends with Shetland pony Nottingham?

Nottingham is keen to get to the new grass and his best friend follows quickly after – but who is it?

Does Snowdrop rush to his new pasture too?

Watch the video to find out more:

Bookings for half term are filling up fast

We’d love you to join us for pony fun for half term and weekend riding this autumn.  We are open at weekends and in the holidays until Sunday 28 November.  There is some extra weekend availability in October for riding – do book up soon.

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.

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.

Shetland Pony Parties – amazing pony parties for children aged 4 -10 years old. Use of a private facility, 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

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. Age 4 +. £60 per child. Last few spaces remaining.

book now

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 Safari Tent
  • Find out more about our COVID-secure procedures here

Do take a moment to watch this week’s video: Watch the Shetland ponies running out to grass.

Enjoy!

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

Sunflower surprise for the Shetland ponies

There’s a sunflower surprise for the Shetland ponies this week at Shetland Pony Club.

Sunflower surprise for the Shetland ponies

The sunflowers at Shetland Pony Club are so pretty that the ponies are all coming to enjoy them and have their photos taken with the children and staff. Don’t they look great for their pictures!

Where is Creme Brulee?

Creme Brulee is always keen to have his photo taken, but he seems to be missing.  Can you see where he has gone?

More sunflower surprises

Can you see what’s happening in the farmer’s field behind the sunflowers?

It’s time to take the ponies back to The Ranch for their supper. But it’s not supper time for everyone on the farm.  What is going on?

Watch the video to find out more:

Bookings for October half term are filling up fast

We’d love you to join us for pony fun for half term and weekend riding this autumn.  We are open at weekends and in the holidays until Sunday 28 November

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.

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.

Shetland Pony Parties – amazing pony parties for children aged 4 -10 years old. Use of a private facility, 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 including:

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. Age 4 +. £60 per child.

book now

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 Safari Tent
  • Find out more about our COVID-secure procedures here

Do take a moment to watch this week’s video: Sunflower surprise for the Shetland ponies.

Enjoy!

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

Beware, it’s Horsey Halloween at Shetland Pony Club

Beware, it’s Horsey Halloween at Shetland Pony Club – there’s a chill in the air and it’s getting dark. The ponies are waiting for the sun to go down and the full moon to shine. Then all the animals that love to play at night can come out.  There are bats and badgers… but what’s that scary thing?

Yikes – run away at Horsey Halloween!

Something has scared Dinky.  What can it be?  Is it the spooky outfits, the animals that play at night, or something else, this Horsey Halloween?

Watch the video to find out more:

Riding for this season is almost fully booked – join the waiting list

Our riding for October Half Term is full, but availability is changing all the time so do check the book now page regularly for our live availability.  We are almost fully booked up until the end of November when the ponies take a winter holiday.

Book now to enjoy:

  • Starter Rides – 45 minutes long and are specially designed as first riding experiences for children from age 4* years old (* until further notice for COVID-19 Safe Working Practices). £40 per child. Fully booked.
  • Own a Pony Experiences – 2 hours long and are delightful early riding and learning experiences for children from age 4 years old. Children enjoy both riding and pony care. £60 per child. Almost full.
  • Halloween Pumpkin Rides – Come and enjoy our legendary themed pony treasure hunts for pony-mad witches and wizards.  Enjoy 1½ hours of pony riding fun at The Ranch. From age 4 years old. £60 per child. Fully booked.

Book online now, or contact us on: 07734 950 309 or email: info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

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Latest coronavirus changes and pony riding

The government changes from Saturday 17 October 2020 state that London and Elmbridge, the borough that Shetland Pony Club is in, have been moved into the high alert level for coronavirus.

What does this mean for my pony riding booking?

Pony riding fits into an exception category where people from different households can gather for outdoor exercise, organised outdoor sport, and licensed outdoor physical activity. So, you can still go ahead with your pony riding booking, but please follow our coronavirus procedures, which are put in place to keep you safe. You can find out more details about COVID-Safe riding with us here.

New minimum riding age of 4

Shetland Pony Club is proud to be one of the first riding schools in the country to be awarded the Association of British Riding Schools Certification for COVID-19 Safe Working Practices. Having risk-assessed our riding in the light of the government guidelines, we have changed the age for riding to a minimum of 4 years old, until further notice. For children aged 2.5 – 4, we hope to be able to resume in the spring. Keep an eye on our weekly email, social media and the website here for more information.

Take care from

The Shetland Pony Club Team and all the Shetland ponies

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