How can my child start pony riding – Parents Advice Part 3

Research shows that riding is good for children

In our first 2 videos in this Parents Advice series, we learned that regular access to green spaces, which happens when you ride outside, can make your child healthier and happier. Riding from a young age can lead to a life of success and fun too.

How can my child start pony riding?

Parents often ask us the best way to begin riding with children, because we have taught over 20,000 children to ride. Successful riding starts with having the right trained pony, and a Shetland pony is small and helps children feel confident.

It’s important to have an experienced helper. All our children ride on a lead rein, with a one-to-one helper to guide them every step of the way, making learning riding fun, easy and safe.

Special Riding Method

We have a special beginners’ riding method, where we use soft saddles to start children learning riding. This helps children develop a good seat and position, and we add stirrups and reins later. Children ride outside in nature with friends, so they relax and have fun when they are with their pony, caring for him as well as riding.

Which type of riding should I choose for my child?

Starter Rides are a great way to begin from age 3. Children meet their pony and spend 45 mins with him. They brush and get to know him, and have a short, happy ride with their pony and helper.

Own a Pony Experiences are suitable for children from age 4. They meet their pony and learn how to care for him, as well as a longer ride with friends around our beautiful farmland trails.

Pony Share Membership is great for those who are keen to ride weekly, without the costs and responsibilities of actually owning a pony. It’s a practical way for keen children to learn more and enjoy the benefits of regular riding.

So, a great way to begin riding with children is to start at a specialist children’s riding centre, like Shetland Pony Club.

Bookings are now open for 2024, so if you’d like your child to start pony riding:

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We can’t wait to see you for riding again from 2 March 2024!

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

P.S. Bookings for riding at Shetland Pony Club are now open and we start riding again on 2 March 2024.

Bookings update – bookings for 2024 are now open!

We start riding again on 2 March 2024 and we are so looking forward to welcoming you!

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What to book at Shetland Pony Club

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

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

Starter Ride at Shetland Pony Club

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.

Easter Egg Hunts – fun Shetland Pony Treasure Hunts especially for Easter, with riding 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

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Summer pony 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+. £150 per day or £600 per week.

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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 fun in the countryside.

  • 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.

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

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