Learning to be a Shetland Pony Vet

Would you like to learn to be a Shetland Pony Vet? Lots of our staff have trained to be vets and some are hoping to get places at vet school tomorrow, on A-Level results day. Good luck staff!

Many of the children who ride with us would like to be vets too. So, at Shetland Pony Club Camp the children have been learning about their pony’s health and how to care for them.

Caring for your pony

The children have learned the “points of the horse” and what to call them.  They have learned about the different feeds a pony can eat and how to mix them up.  It’s important for the stable to be clean, with fresh hay and water too.

Learning to be a Shetland Pony Vet

Vets need to be able to recognize poisonous plants to keep their ponies safe.  They also need to see if they are healthy by measuring their weight and listening to their hearts. It’s helpful to learn how to bandage a pony too, so the children learn how to do all these things at Shetland Pony Club camp.

Association of British Riding School’s pony health certificate

At the end of a busy day of riding and pony learning the children are awarded their certificates for excellent learning. Well done children!

Watch the video to find out more:

More pony riding fun available from age 4+

We are working hard to find more pony fun spaces to meet your requirements for: Camp Days,  2 hour Own a Pony Experiences, 45 min Starter Rides during the summer holidays and the autumn.

Do check our live booking system regularly to see the extra availability we have, or contact us on: 07734 950 309 or email: info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

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New minimum riding age of 4

Shetland Pony Club is proud to be one of the first riding schools in the country to be awarded the Association of British Riding Schools Certification for COVID-19 Safe Working Practices. Having risk-assessed our riding in the light of the government guidelines, we have changed the age for riding to a minimum of 4 years old, until further notice.

For children aged 2.5 – 4, we hope to be able to resume riding soon. Keep an eye on our weekly email, social media and the website here for more information.

Take care from

The Shetland Pony Club Team and all the Shetland ponies

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

How can I ride the same pony each week?

Find out how you can ride the same pony each week at Shetland Pony Club.

Advice on Pony Ownership

Parents often ask us all about buying and owning a Shetland pony.  When they find out how much it costs (the British Horse Society estimates that it costs about £7,000 per year); and what a big commitment it is, 365 days a year, they are often put off.

Is there an easier way to have a pony?

Yes – you can experience a pony of your own, the easy way, with Pony Share Membership at Shetland Pony Club. Learn to ride, build a bond with your pony, come regularly and enjoy pony fun in the countryside.

What is Pony Share Membership?

There are two types of Pony Share Memberships to enjoy:

  • Pony Membership – a pony of your own each week, 2 hours, from age 4+
  • Mini Membership – a pony of your own each week, 45 minutes, from age 3+

How does Pony Share Membership work?

Members come every week at the same time March – November (you can join at the start of a month) and then:

  • Enjoy a pony ride with your own pony and staff member to help you
  • Parents can join in, or children can be left if 5+
  • No need to worry about daily mucking out and feeding
  • No bills for vets, feeding, stabling, foot trimming and the equine dentist

What if I can’t come?

There are some flexible sessions included in all Pony Share Memberships, to be used at times that suit you.

How do I become a Pony Share Member?

You can now join the waiting list for ponies now.  To express an interest, email us at: info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk or call the office on 07734 950309

Watch the video to find out more:

Book now for riding – open to members and non-members

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Starter Rides  are 45 minutes long and are specially designed as first riding experiences for children from age 3 years old. They cost £45 per child.

Own A Pony Experiences– are 2 hours long and are delightful early riding and learning experiences for children from age 4 years old. Children enjoy both riding and pony care. They cost £65 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+. £135 per day or £540 per week (4 days).

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Any questions? Do contact the office for more help on: 07734 950309 or info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

Small Ponies…Big Dreams from
Rosemary, Liz and all the ponies and the Team at Shetland Pony Club

Summer school trip fun at Shetland Pony Club

Join us this week as we enjoy a summer school trip to Shetland Pony Club with the pupils from St. Teresa’s School in Effingham, Surrey.

There’s lots to learn about looking after Shetland ponies. See how the children get on when they come to visit the ponies.

Summer school trip fun

Which ponies do they choose and what do they do with them?

Are all the ponies good?  How do they get on together?

What happens when the children and ponies come back from their summer school trip with the children? Are they all thirsty?

Do you think the ponies enjoyed the school visit from St. Teresa’s School?

Did the children enjoy Shetland Pony Walking?

Watch the video to find out more:

Book now for summer pony riding

Starter Rides – are 45 minutes long and are specially designed as first riding experiences for children from age 3 years old. They cost £40 per child. – BOOK NOW

Pony Mornings – are 2 hours long and are delightful early riding and learning experiences for children from age 4 years old. Children enjoy both riding and pony care. They cost £55 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+. £125 per day or £500 per week.

BOOK NOW

Any questions? Do contact Liz in the office for more help on: 07734 950309 or info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

Small Ponies…Big Dreams from
Rosemary, Liz and all the ponies and the Team at Shetland Pony Club

Don’t miss out on Shetland Pony Club Summer Camp

Sssshhh! We’re getting in touch because we don’t want you to miss out on Shetland Pony Club Summer Camp days and weeks.  Our August weeks are almost fully booked, so make sure you book now, before it’s too late.

Who can come to camp?

You need to be 5-10 years old to come to camp and you can be a complete beginner, or have more riding experience.

What happens on Shetland Pony Club Summer Camp?

Children arrive at 9.30am and spend the whole day with their own Shetland pony until 4pm.  There are pony themed days, such as vet’s day, where children learn all about pony care, as well as dressing up and riding their ponies through the beautiful countryside.  We go to the woods, through the cornfields and, if it’s hot enough, we can even take the ponies paddling in the river. At Shetland Pony Club Summer Camp you learn to ride your pony, look after him and enjoy being with him, all day long.

When are Shetland Pony Club Summer Holiday Camps?

  • Monday 22 July – Thursday 25 July 2019 – spaces
  • Monday 29 July – Thursday 1 August 2019 – spaces
  • Monday 5 August – Thursday 8 August 2019 – fully booked
  • Monday 19 August – Thursday 22 August 2019 – almost full

Can I come to camp for a day or a week?

You can choose to enjoy individual days, or a 4-day week with your favourite Shetland Pony. It’s up to you.

Timing: 9.30am – 4pm Monday to Thursday

Age: 5+years old

Cost: £125 per day or £500 per week

Find out more about summer camps here

How do I book?

You can book online here now

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Any questions? Do contact Liz in the office for more help on: 07734 950309 or info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

Watch the video to find out more:

Book now for more summer pony riding

Can’t come to Shetland Pony Club Summer Holiday Camps? We’d love you to join us for more summer pony fun. Do book ahead as the ponies are very popular.

Which pony ride should I choose?

Starter Rides  are 45 minutes long and are specially designed as first riding experiences for children from age 2½ years old. They cost £40 per child.

Pony Mornings – are 2 hours long and are delightful early riding and learning experiences for children from age 4 years old. Children enjoy both riding and pony care. Cost £55 per child.

BOOK NOW

Any questions? Do contact Liz in the office for more help on: 07734 950309 or info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

Small Ponies…Big Dreams from
Rosemary, Liz and all the ponies and the Team at Shetland Pony Club

Can I keep a Shetland pony in my garden?

In this week’s pony advice video, Rosemary answers one of your frequently asked questions: can I keep a Shetland pony in my garden?

How much space do you need to keep a Shetland pony?

It may be more than you think. You need about one acre of land to keep a Shetland pony, that’s over 4,000 square metres and is a bigger space than many gardens.

What does a Shetland pony eat?

Shetland ponies love grass but the grass on your lawn may have too much sugar in it for horses. It’s better to feed them on longer coarse grass which is less rich.  Ponies may need hay in the winter, which is quite messy in a garden and it can get muddy in the place where you feed him. Shetland ponies will also eat your roses, fruit and flowers, which might get them into trouble!

Will a Shetland pony damage my lawn?

Yes, Shetland ponies’ hooves, even if unshod, will damage your lawn surface over time.  They can create ruts and mud and break down the edges of your lawn too. They also like to roll and play, and this can damage the plants.

Does a Shetland pony need shelter?

Yes, this is more often to provide shade in the summer, rather than protection from the cold in the winter.  A stable is good, but a shady tree is also a great natural place for a pony to shelter.

Will a Shetland pony fertilise my garden?

Shetland ponies do up to 6 poops a day, so that’s a lot of clearing up to do.  The poop can be great as a garden fertiliser, as long as it’s in the right place. However, if he spends a penny on your lawn, this can burn the grass.

So, can I keep a Shetland pony in my garden?

Well, you can, but he will be much happier in a field where he has the right grass, space and can enjoy himself with his friends.

Watch the video to find out more:

Book now for summer pony riding

We’d love you to join us for pony fun. Do book ahead as the ponies are very popular.

Which pony ride should I choose?

Starter Rides  are 45 minutes long and are specially designed as first riding experiences for children from age 2½ years old. They cost £40 per child.

Pony Mornings – are 2 hours long and are delightful early riding and learning experiences for children from age 4 years old. They cost £55 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+. £125 per day or £500 per week.

Summer Pony Day Camp Dates for 2019 are:

  • Monday 22 July – Thursday 25 July 2019
  • Monday 29 July – Thursday 1 August 2019
  • Monday 5 August – Thursday 8 August 2019
  • Monday 19 August – Thursday 22 August 2019

BOOK NOW

Any questions? Do contact Liz in the office for more help on: 07734 950309 or info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

Small Ponies…Big Dreams from
Rosemary, Liz and all the ponies and the Team at Shetland Pony Club