Why are ponies good for children – The Science: Parents Advice Part 1

Why are ponies good for children? Parents often ask us this question, and in the first video in our Parents’ Advice Series, Rosemary, Founder of Shetland Pony Club, shares the science that explains this important subject. 

Spending time in nature 

There are lots of benefits for children of being in nature. Shetland Pony Club is a Founder Member of the Children and Nature Network where there is an extensive library of scientific evidence demonstrating that being outside in nature helps with long term mental and physical health.

Connection with an animal 

Being with an animal gives the benefits of responsibility and empathy. Children experience love and responsibility when caring for their pony. Scientific studies have also shown that it can improve decision making. 

Chin up, on your pony! 

Being on screens causes us to look down and have poor posture. Looking up and sitting tall is known to make you feel good and is an important part of riding safely. Learning new pony skills boosts your confidence and increases your happiness too.  

In summary, there are lots of good reasons why ponies are good for children. 

Watch the video to find out more and leave a comment below. 

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

P.S. In the next video we find out more about how your child can benefit from riding. 

 Pony Share Membership 

If you’d like your child to ride regularly and be outside in nature with a pony, you can become a Pony Share Member. We are enrolling now for regular riding from March and you can find out more here.  If you’d like to enrol your child for Pony Share Membership join the waiting list and we will be in touch.

Bookings update 

The office is open throughout the winter.  We start riding again on 2 March 2024. 

General bookings for 2024 will open on 31 January.  Join the VIP waitlist to be the first to know when bookings are released. 

What to book on 31 January 

Starter Rides– are 45 minutes long and are specially designed as first riding experiences for children. Now from age 3 years old. £50 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. £75 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, £750 for 10 children. Extra riding children (up to 18), £30 each.  

Take a moment to watch this week’s video: Why are ponies good for children 

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Find out if Shetland ponies like Starlings

Find out if Shetland ponies like Starlings in this week’s episode of Shetland Pony Club TV.

Starlings used to be very common birds in the UK but since the 1970’s their numbers have declined.  We think it’s lovely to see a large group of these birds – known as a murmuration – at the ranch.

Shetland Pony Club is a Charter member of Children and Nature Network and we love to share a little of the natural world with families, when children come to ride our Shetland ponies at the ranch.

Where do they nest?

With so many Starlings at the ranch, there must be a bird’s nest somewhere?  Watch to see Rosemary as she finds a nest.  Are there Starling chicks in it or have they fledged and flown away from the nest?

Do the Shetland ponies like the Starlings?

The Starlings are extremely noisy all around the ponies.  What do they think of them – do they mind?

Watch the video to find out more here:

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.


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