Visit to the Queen’s Highland Ponies at Balmoral

In this special episode for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we are going to look at a trip I took to the Queen’s private estate at Balmoral to see her Highland Ponies!

Highland Ponies are native to the Highlands of Scotland, they like Shetlands but bigger. The Queen breeds them on her estate in Balmoral. I spent a day with the Stud Manager and we had lots of jobs to do.

  • First we had to give the ponies some hay
  • Then we had to fed the stallions, male ponies, a special feed

We drove around the Balmoral Estate; can you see what other animals I saw?

We then visited the mothers with their foals, they were adorable! Highland ponies are quite rare, so the Stud plays an important role in protecting them. The mothers’ give the foals milk to drink and then they learn to eat hay and grass. As the foals grow up, they are used for:

  • Riding
  • Transporting things around the hilly estate

It was such a special treat to see all the wonderful Highland Ponies. Thank you to HM The Queen for taking excellent care of her native breeds.

Watch the video to find out more: Visit to the Queen’s Highland Ponies at Balmoral

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


Booking update:

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

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. Saturday 4th June 9am-11am

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. Availability from July

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+. £135/day or £540/ week. Filling up fast!

Shetland Pony Walking is the perfect way for older children, teenagers and grown-ups to enjoy Shetland ponies in the lovely Surrey countryside. Come and spend time, enjoying and leading your very own Shetland pony. £45/ person. Saturday 30th July 2:15pm, Saturday 17th September

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

Half Term Jubilee Fun at Shetland Pony Club

We have so much Half Term Jubilee Fun at Shetland Pony Club coming up! It looks like a normal day at The Ranch the ponies are relaxing. However we’re busy building a special Jubilee arch in preparation for our Celebration Jubilee rides next week!

The ponies love the Royal events at The Ranch, and they’re practicing wearing their outfits for the Platinum Jubilee. Can you see what the ponies are wearing in the video?

In the field our special Jubilee arch is coming along nicely, with beautiful purple, white and silver roses. What does Toffee think of the Jubilee arch? Which two ponies are watching the Jubilee arch being built?

Now it’s time for the finishing touches to the Jubilee arch, a crown! The ponies are really looking forward to all the fun riding over Half Term. We have Starter Rides available, Own a Pony Experiences and our Special Jubilee Rides. Do come and join us for lots of pony riding fun over Half Term. Book now!

Watch the video to find out more: Half Term Jubilee Fun at Shetland Pony Club

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


Booking update:

What’s on during May Half Term: May 30th-3rd June

Jubilee Rides: Join in the pony fun with Jubilee-themed Pony Dress–Up, riding along our Jubilee Trail around our beautiful meadows, followed by the opportunity to take photos of your child at our Platinum Jubilee Arch.One and a half our and half long. £65 per child.Book now!

  • Monday 30th May 2:30-4pm Full (join wait list)
  • Tuesday 31st May 2:30-4pm Spaces
  • Wednesday 1st June2:30-4pm Limited spaces
  • Thursday 2nd June 2:30-4pm Limited spaces

Own a Pony Experiences: Great for children who are keen to have pony fun and learn about ponies. Enjoy riding and pony care. 2 hours, from age 4, £65 per child. Book now!

  • Saturday 28th May 11am-1pm- Limited Spaces
  • Sunday 29th May 10am-12pm- Limited Spaces
  • Monday 30th May 11am-1pm – Spaces
  • Tuesday 31st May 11am-1pm –Limited Spaces
  • Wednesday 1st June 11am-1pm- Full
  • Thursday 2nd June 11am-1pm- Limited Spaces
  • Friday 3rd June 11am-1pm – Spaces

Starter Rides:–  are 3/4 of an hour long and specially designed first riding experiences for children.  £45 per child. From 3 years old. Book now!

  • Monday 30th May 9am  – Full
  • Monday 30th May 10am  – Full
  • Monday 30th May 2:15pm  – New! Spaces
  • Monday 30th May 3:15pm  – New! Spaces
  • Tuesday 31st May 9am – Limited Spaces
  • Tuesday 31st May 10am – Full
  • Wednesday 1st June 9am –  Spaces
  • Wednesday 1st June 10am – Full
  • Wednesday 1st June 11am – Limited Spaces
  • Wednesday 1st June 12pm – Full
  • Thursday 2nd June- Full
  • Friday 3rd June – Full

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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. Booking from July.
Summer Pony Day Camps 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 per day or £540 per week. Filling up fast!
Contact us on: 07734 950 309 or email: info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

Our New Shetland Pony Bilbo arrives

Our new Shetland pony, Bilbo, is arriving at the Ranch today – how exciting!  We are so looking forward to meeting him and making friends with him.


Today is the day when our new Shetland pony, Bilbo, is arriving at the Ranch – how exciting!

Bilbo has just had a short journey to get to us.  He has come from a lovely family where he has been ridden and cared for by some children who have sadly outgrown him.

New friends for Shetland pony Bilbo

Bilbo goes out into our meadows to meet his new friends.  Will they want to say hello and play?

Elgin Sunset is not interested, but what about Toffee and Snowdrop? Do they play with Bilbo and make friends with him?

Watch the video to find out more:

Find out more about Bilbo, our new Shetland Pony,  on his web page here.


Booking update –  May half term is filling up fast

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

  • May Half Term  –  Starter Rides on: Monday 30 May – Friday 3 June at 9am and 10am – spaces filling up fast

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.

    • May Half Term  –  Own a Pony Experiences – on: Monday 30 May – Friday 3 June at 11am  – spaces – Book Now!

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Please email the office, info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk to be put on the waitlist

You can book online or give us a call 07734 950 309 or email us: info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

Book ahead for the summer – from July

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. Book ahead from July now.

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+. £135 per day or £540 per week. Book ahead for the summer now.

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Do take a moment to watch this week’s video: Easter Egg Hunt with the Shetland ponies

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

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

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How to have a well-behaved Shetland Pony

Join Rosemary in this week’s video to learn how to have a well-behaved Shetland Pony.

People are often amazed how well-behaved our ponies are. It’s important that we have suitable ponies for children so they can have a safe and enjoyable time. Here are Rosemary’s top tips on how to have a well-behaved pony:

  • Do not overfeed
  • Regular exercise
  • Suitable companions in their field, so they feel safe and happy in the herd
  • Lots of rest and sleep between work
  • Kindness, gentleness, and patience, to take the time to teach him properly what you want him to do
  • If your pony is not behaving well, he may be uncomfortable and may need to see the Vet or Equine dentist

Watch the video to find out more: how to have a well-behaved Shetland Pony


Booking update

Own a Pony Experiences  Available this Saturday 23rd  April 11-1pm (Hurry, only a few spaces!) Book now

Own a Pony Experiences-  2:15pm-4:15pm May Bank holiday Monday 2nd May Book now

 Book now  for May half term 30th  May – 5th June:

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

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.

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. Monday 30th May now free- be quick!

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+. £135 per day or £540 per week. Filling up fast!

book now

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

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

The History of Shetland Ponies

Join Rosemary in this week’s video all about the History of Shetland Ponies.

  • Shetland ponies originate from the Shetland Islands, 120 miles off the north of Scotland in the North Sea. Only the very hardiest and toughest Shetlands survived the harsh conditions.
  • Farmers used Shetlands to carry peat from the hills back to the farmhouse to use as fuel. As there are no trees on the Shetland Islands to use as fuel.
  • In 1840 Shetland ponies started to be used in coal mines, as they were small but very strong and able to pull the coal carts. Shetlands were transported all over the world including America to work in the mines.
  • Happily now Shetland ponies are not used in mines but enjoy riding with children!

Watch the video to find out more: The History of Shetland Ponies


Booking update, Easter Holiday availability. Please see below our remaining availability for Easter.  You can book online or give us a call 07734 950 309

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

  • Monday 11th April 2022 9am-9:45am- Spaces
  • Monday 11th April 2022 10am-10:45am- Full
  • Tuesday 12th April 2022 9am-9:45am- Spaces
  • Tuesday 12th April 2022 10am-10:45am- Full
  • Wednesday 13th April 2022 9am-9:45am- Spaces
  • Wednesday 13th April 2022 10am-10:45am- Full
  • Thursday 14th April 2022 10am-10:45am- Full

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 7 April 2022- 11am-1pm – Limited spaces
  • Monday 11th April 2022- 11-1pm- Full
  • Tuesday 12th April 2022- 11-1pm- Limited spaces
  • Wednesday 13th April 2022- 11-1pm- Full

Easter Egg Hunts- Our Easter Egg Hunts are fully booked. Please email the office, info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk to be put on the waitlist

book now

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.

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+. £135 per day or £540 per week.

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

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

book now