Working with our Shetland Ponies

This week we are working with our Shetland ponies to get them ready for riding. We open Shetland Pony Club this weekend, on 2 March.

Ponies love horse whispering

At Shetland Pony Club we use Natural Horsemanship, or horse whispering.  This is where we communicate with our ponies through our body language and voice, so that he wants to be with us.

Team Training in Natural Horsemanship

We employ over 60 young people to lead our Shetland ponies and they need to learn about how to “Talk Horse” too. They learn how to make friends with their pony and to be his leader, so that he knows what he is being asked to do.

Liz, a BHS Accredited Coach, is giving a lesson in this week’s video. The ponies love to make friends with their leader and its rewarding for all when they connect and make friends, forming a great team.

Opening this weekend

Yay! We open for riding again, on 2 March 2024.  We are nearly full for our opening weekend, so do book online now, or give us a call.

Watch the video to find out more.

We can’t wait to see you for riding again.

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

P.S. Bookings for riding at Shetland Pony Club are open, and we start riding again on 2 March 2024  – be quick – just a few spaces left.

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Shetland Pony Club reopens this weekend – Saturday 2 March 2024

What to book at Shetland Pony Club

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

  • Saturday 2 March – fully booked
  • Sunday 3  March – 9am – 3 spaces
  • Saturday 9 March – 3.15pm – 2 spaces
  • Sunday 10  March – Extra ponies added for Mother’s Day 2.15pm and 3.15pm – 4 spaces

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

  • Saturday 2 March – fully booked
  • Sunday 3  March  – fully booked
  • Sunday 10  March – Extra ponies added for Mother’s Day 2.15pm  – 3 spaces

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 riding time, £750 for 10 children. Extra riding children (up to 18), £30 each.

  • March dates  – All fully booked
  • Saturday 6  April – next party availability

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.

Events

Easter Egg Hunts – Shetland Pony Treasure Hunts especially for Easter, learning to ride 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.

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+. £150 per day.

Members 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 riding in the countryside.  Contact us to see if we have a suitable pony free for your child on 07734 950 309 or info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

  • 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.

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Take a moment to watch this week’s video: Working with our Shetland Ponies

Shetland Pony Horse Whispering

 See availability update below

It’s Horse Whispering Day at Shetland Pony Club Summer Day Camp. Let’s learn more about it in this week’s video.

Learning to use the round pen

The children start by watching Rosemary as she shows them how we train our ponies in natural horsemanship, using a special Shetland Pony-sized cage called a round pen.

Rosemary is in the round pen with Shetland Pony Mufasa.  She sends him away as he would in the wild and after a while, he stops and licks and chews his lips.

Is Mufasa good at Horse Whispering?

Can Rosemary get Mufasa to understand her?  Will he follow her and stop and start when she does in the round pen?

Shetland Pony Tricks

Rosemary teaches the children to use carrot sticks, which are not whips.  They help to get the pony to move around. Soon the children have the ponies standing on logs.  Which pony is the best at this?

Watch the video to find out more.

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


Charity Shetland Pony Walk and Talk in aid of Cancer Research UK

One-off special charity event – This is the perfect way for all the family to learn about and enjoy being with Shetland ponies in the lovely Surrey countryside. Come and learn about Shetland ponies. You can make friends, groom and lead your Shetland pony around the meadows.  Adorable! Shetland Pony Walk and Talk will be followed by coffee and brownies. All funds raised go directly to Cancer Research UK. Find out more here.

  • Sunday 21 August 2022 2:30pm – 4:00pm
  • 1 hour 30 mins.  Suitable for adults and children aged 3+  Adults £30, Children £10
  • Book here 

Cancer Research UK Logo


Availability update:

Summer pony camp days and weeks – nearly full

Summer 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+. £135/day – BE QUICK!

  • Tuesday 9 August 2022 – 1 space
  • Thursday 11 August 2022 – 1 space
  • Monday 15 August 2022 – 1 space
  • Monday 22 August 2022  –1 space
  • Tuesday 23 August 2022 –1 space

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.

  • Thursday 2 August 11am, – nearly full
  • Sunday, 14 August NEW 2.15pm
  • Sunday 28 August NEW 2:15pm

Starter Rides  back on for 3-year-olds! 45 minutes long and are specially designed as first riding experiences for children. £45/ child.

  • Thursday 4th August 2:30pm/ 3:30pm – nearly full
  • Saturday, 6 August 11.15am – nearly full
  • Saturday, 13 August 2:30pm/ 3:30pm
  • Saturday 20 August 3:30pm

Shetland Pony Parties

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. Bookings from September- very popular!

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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 video: Shetland Pony Horse Whispering

Watch more Shetland Pony Club TV videos here

Learning to horse whisper with Shetland Ponies

This week we join Rosemary and Tom as they are learning to horse whisper with Shetland Ponies Robin Hood and Crème Caramel.

Horse whispering is a way of working naturally with horses. It trains people in equine behavior and how to work well together with their ponies.

Our mission at Shetland Pony Club is to support more parents and children around the world to start horse riding and to connect with ponies and nature, so horse whispering is the perfect way to train our ponies.

Find out where they go to on their horse whispering adventure?

Do they like being in the round pen?

Do they learn to join up?

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

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.

BOOK NOW

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