Manage children’s screen time with a pony share

This week we find out how to manage children’s screen time, with a Pony Share.

A playful childhood

It’s over a decade since the introduction of smartphones, and there is growing evidence that early exposure to screens is not good for children. However, managing screen time is not easy, and having a regular riding session that they enjoy, can help get children out in nature. Time spent with an animal can also lower anxiety and, if the activity is with friends, there is a greater chance of sticking with it. Up until 2010, scientists describe childhood as “playful”.

Rosemary and Liz were lucky enough to have a TV free, playful childhood, full of ponies and animals on a farm. They started Shetland Pony Club, by taking bookings over the phone with a paper diary.

A digital childhood

Since 2010, children and teenagers are increasingly experiencing a digital childhood, with more access to screens, which scientists are concerned about.  Here are some links to find out more about the science:  Age of First Smartphone/Tablet and Mental Wellbeing Outcomes and Jonathan Haidt: Smartphones vs. Smart Kids. Screens have impacted all our lives, and managing children’s screen time is not easy for parents.

How a Pony Share can help

So how can you keep your child in a playful childhood for longer? Pony Share Membership is a regular commitment that keeps children in nature, bonding with a pony, making friends, learning and being outside in all weathers. Since 2008 we have seen children flourish with their ponies, with consistent habits that help towards happy childhoods.

If you’d like to know more about Pony Share Membership at Shetland Pony Club you can find out how to join here.

Watch the video to find out more.

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

P.S. Shetland Pony Club is now open for riding at weekends and holidays until 1 December 2024.

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Pony Share Membership for 2024

We are enrolling now for our Pony Share Membership for 2024

You can experience a pony of your own, the easy way, with Pony Share Membership. 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.

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What to book at Shetland Pony Club

Starter Rides – are 45 minutes long and are specially designed as early learning to ride experiences for children. 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 riding time, £750 for 10 children. Extra riding children (up to 18), £30 each.

Easter Egg Hunts – Shetland Pony Treasure Hunts especially for Easter, learning to ride 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.

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+. £150 per day.

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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Take a moment to watch this week’s video: How to manage children’s screen time with a pony share