Why are Shetland Ponies so small?

Join Rosemary in our latest pony advice video, which answers your frequently asked questions about our ponies.This week Rosemary answers your question – why are Shetland ponies so small?  Watch the video to find out more.

In this week’s video you’ll find out:

Why are Shetland ponies so small?

Shetland ponies originate from the Shetland Isles, where there are no trees for shelter and the weather is wet, cold, and windy. Being small means that Shetland ponies are able to adapt and survive the harsh conditions.

Are our Shetlands fully grown?

Yes, our ponies are fully grown, many people think they are babies or foals however most of our Shetlands are teenagers now. We don’t have any young foals or young stock at Shetland Pony Club.

How to measure a Shetland pony?

Shetland ponies are measured from the ground to the top of their wither. You measure them in inches. This is different from other horses or ponies who are normally measured in hands. Our smallest pony, Snowdrop, is only 32 inches high! Balmoral and Mufasa are our biggest ponies at 42 inches high.

Watch the video to find out more


 Pony riding bookings are open for 2022. 

Bookings are now fully open for 2022 riding. The office will be open throughout the winter for 2022 bookings. The Shetland Pony Club Ranch is closed for the winter and we start riding again on 5 March 2022, so do book ahead as we get really busy.  You can book online here now, or give us a call on 07734 950 309.

Starter Rides  are 45 minutes long and are specially designed as first riding experiences for children from age 3 years old. They cost £45 per child.

Own a Pony Experiences – are two hours long and are delightful early riding and learning experiences for children from age 4 years old. They cost £65 per child.

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 – £650 for 10 children. Extra riding children (up to 18), £25 each.

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

Contact us on: 07734 950 309 or email:

Learning to be a Shetland Pony Vet

Would you like to learn to be a Shetland Pony Vet? Lots of our staff have trained to be vets and some are hoping to get places at vet school tomorrow, on A-Level results day. Good luck staff!

Many of the children who ride with us would like to be vets too. So, at Shetland Pony Club Camp the children have been learning about their pony’s health and how to care for them.

Caring for your pony

The children have learned the “points of the horse” and what to call them.  They have learned about the different feeds a pony can eat and how to mix them up.  It’s important for the stable to be clean, with fresh hay and water too.

Learning to be a Shetland Pony Vet

Vets need to be able to recognize poisonous plants to keep their ponies safe.  They also need to see if they are healthy by measuring their weight and listening to their hearts. It’s helpful to learn how to bandage a pony too, so the children learn how to do all these things at Shetland Pony Club camp.

Association of British Riding School’s pony health certificate

At the end of a busy day of riding and pony learning the children are awarded their certificates for excellent learning. Well done children!

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More pony riding fun available from age 4+

We are working hard to find more pony fun spaces to meet your requirements for: Camp Days,  2 hour Own a Pony Experiences, 45 min Starter Rides during the summer holidays and the autumn.

Do check our live booking system regularly to see the extra availability we have, or contact us on: 07734 950 309 or email: info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

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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 riding soon. 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

New Shetland Pony Club Online Website

We hope that you are all well and staying safe. The ponies are missing you and pony riding fun at The Ranch. Whilst we can’t ride, we have been busy creating a new free website for you, called Shetland Pony Club Online, to keep you in touch with the ponies.

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What is Shetland Pony Club Online?

It is a new fun website full of pony videos, learning and activities for you to enjoy at home.  There is even a section for parents.
In the Shetland Pony Club Online website you will find:

  • Getting Started – pony news, reward chart and certificates
  • Pony Learning – child-safe videos and quizzes to learn about ponies
  • Pony Fun Online – pony painting, word searches and quizzes
  • Pony Fun at Home – pony craft ideas, pony photo gallery and colouring templates to print and enjoy at home
  • Ponies for Parents – the benefits of ponies, the riding equipment you need and our shop
  • More – Shetland Pony Club TV catch up and your craft and artwork on display

How to join Shetland Pony Club Online?

Click on this link to join for free here

Shetland Pony Club Online is our way of helping you get through these unusual times. It enables you and your children to have pony fun and learning that you would normally have had at The Ranch.

We have created this website for free, but many of you have asked about donations. If you would like to support our work you can make a small donation through the fun “Buy me a Coffee” scheme. Just click on the link to donate.

We have a new email address if you have any problems signing up – contact us here: ponies@shetlandponyclubonline.co.uk 

We hope you’ll enjoy our fun new Online Pony Club.  Do let us know if you’re enjoying it.
We look forward to seeing you inside the new Online Pony Club.

Stay safe and thank you from the Ponies and the Shetland Pony Club Online Team

Click on this link to join for free here