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!

book now

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.

book now

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

Watch more Shetland Pony Club TV videos here

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

How strong are Shetland ponies?

Join Rosemary in this week’s advice video as she answers your question, how strong are Shetland ponies?

We often get asked the question how do the Shetlands manage to carry the children when they are so small? Our Shetlands range in size from 32 inches- 42 inches, from the ground to the top of their withers, so they are very small indeed. However, they are very strong in proportion to their size.

Shetlands are strong because:

  • Their lower legs have strong, stocky, and thick cannon bones (the bone between the hoof and the knee)
  • They have a wide chest and their heart is big and strong
  • They have a muscular neck, compact body, and short back

Fun Facts:

  • Shetlands can pull twice their body weight compared to a large horse that can pull only half his body weight
  • A child on a Shetlands back is the equivalent to us carrying a large handbag
  • Our larger ponies can carry weight up to 7 stone

Watch the video to find out: how strong are Shetland ponies?


Booking update:

The Ranch opens on Saturday 5th March 2022 – Sunday 27th November 2022. Book now for Easter Holidays.

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.

Easter Egg Hunts 9th -18th April 2022. Come and take part in our fun Shetland Pony Treasure Hunts especially for Easter, with riding along a trail and chocolate eggs to find in the countryside. Easter fun for children aged 4-10 years old. One and a half-hour session- £65/ child.

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.

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 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

Do Shetland ponies need a stable?

Join Rosemary in this week’s advice video as she answers your question, do Shetland ponies need a stable?

Our ponies live outside all year round. This is called keeping a pony at ‘grass’. So, how do the ponies manage without a stable?

  • Shetlands prefer living outside with lots of open space and in a herd with friends to feel safe
  • They have adapted to outdoor life in the wild with a big tail, mane and fluffy coat to keep them warm
  • They find natural shelter in the field behind bushes and trees
  • We do have an emergency stable if the Shetlands need to see a vet

Watch the video to find out: Do Shetland ponies need a stable?


Booking update:

The Ranch opens on Saturday 5th March 2022 – Sunday 27th November 2022.

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.

Easter Egg Hunts 9th -18th April 2022. Come and take part in our fun Shetland Pony Treasure Hunts especially for Easter, with riding along a trail and chocolate eggs to find in the countryside. Easter fun for children aged 4-10 years old. One and a half-hour session- £65/ child.

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.

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 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

Are Shetland ponies expensive to keep?

Join Rosemary in this week’s video as she answers your question, are Shetlands expensive to keep?

We often get asked the question if it’s cheaper to keep a Shetland pony rather than a bigger horse, as Shetlands are much smaller. Rosemary explains what you need to keep a Shetland pony happy and if it’s expensive to keep one.

What do I need to keep a Shetland and are they expensive to keep?

Rosemary explores what you would need to keep a Shetland and if it is any cheaper than keeping a bigger horse. To keep a Shetland you need:

  • A grass field with at least one acre
  • Shelter or a stable
  • Hard feed and hay
  • Farrier, to keep your ponies hooves trimmed
  • Vet in case there are any health issues
  • Saddles and bridles for riding

Watch the video to find out: Are Shetlands expensive to keep?


Booking update:

The Ranch opens on Saturday 5th March 2022 – Sunday 27th November 2022.

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.

Easter Egg Hunts 9th -18th April 2022. Come and take part in our fun Shetland Pony Treasure Hunts especially for Easter, with riding along a trail and chocolate eggs to find in the countryside. Easter fun for children aged 4-10 years old. One and a half-hour session- £65/ child.

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.

book now

Do take a moment to watch our video this week, are Shetland ponies expensive to keep?

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

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