Can Shetland ponies dream?

This week we find out: can Shetland ponies dream? In this pony information video, we learn about how ponies sleep, and whether they dream?

How do Shetland ponies sleep?

Ponies have special joints which enable them to lock their back legs, so that they can rest comfortably and sleep whilst standing up, without falling over.

This helps to keep them safe, so that they can be ready to run away at a moments notice, which is important for survival in the wild.

How long to Shetland ponies sleep for?

Surprisingly, horses and ponies only need to sleep for 5-6 hours in 24 hours, much less sleep than humans.  They can sleep at any time of day or night and they break their sleep up into lots of naps.

So, can Shetland ponies dream?

We know that ponies have about an hour of deep sleep a day, when they lie down, often with a friend watching over them. We think that they dream when in this deep sleep, but can only guess what they at dream about.

Watch the video to find out more:

If you’d like to know more about how horses sleep you can read this interesting article here about how horses sleep.

The ponies are on their winter holidays until 7 March 2020.

Bookings will open for pony fun in late winter and you can join the waiting list to be the first to hear when bookings open.

Once bookings open you will be able to book online for:

Own a Pony Experiences – are 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. They cost £60 per child.

Starter Rides  are 45 minutes long and are specially designed as first riding experiences for children from age 2½ years old. They cost £40 per child.

The office is open throughout the winter and you can book Pony Birthday Parties on the phone and buy Gift Vouchers online here, or give us a call in the office on: 07734 950 309 or

Small Ponies…Big Dreams from
Rosemary, Liz and all the ponies and the Team at Shetland Pony Club