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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Watch the video to find out more.

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.

Vets day at Shetland Pony Club CampVets Day Pony Weighing at Shetland Pony Club

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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Take a moment to watch this week’s video: How can my child start pony riding?

All about Shetland Pony Club

Shetland Pony Club is an award-winning children’s riding school based in Cobham, Surrey, in England. We have lots of well-trained Shetland ponies for children to ride. For 15 years we have been making children and ponies very happy. We specialise in beginners’ riding and first-riding experiences. Each child has their own individual trained person to help them with their pony. It’s fun, easy, and safe, and all our riding is on the lead rein. It’s an ideal place to start, and children can ride with us from as young as three years old.

Pony Share Membership

We have a popular Pony Share Membership Club where children can come each week and build up a special bond with their very own pony. We also offer Own a Pony Experiences which are two-hour sessions. They are very popular as gifts from parents and grandparents.

Summer Camps

In the summer, our legendary Summer Camps offer a week full of pony riding and learning, with people joining us from all over the world for Shetland Pony fun.

Pony Parties

Our Pony Parties are very popular, and the ideal birthday event loved by children and parents alike. We create magical riding memories with the children and ponies, whilst parents can relax with their adult guests and enjoy the beautiful countryside.

Shetland Pony Club is in the beautiful Surrey Hills, surrounded by wildflower meadows. We have a lovely rustic Ranch House where you can relax, enjoy the views, and drink coffee when the children are riding. If you would like your child to connect with the great outdoors, make friends with a fluffy Shetland Pony, and learn to ride and care for him, you can book online, when bookings open on 31 January.

We look forward to seeing you riding with us this year.

Watch the video to find out more… 

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


We open for riding on 2 March 2024

The office will be open throughout the winter. Do contact us on 07734 950 309 or info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

Bookings for 2024 will open 31 January.

Join the VIP bookings list here for early access to the bookings.


Pony Share Waiting List – enrolling for 2024 now

Want a pony for 2024? We have just a few places left

Join our waiting list now to find out how you could become a member at Shetland Pony Club and receive a gorgeous members pack, and a pony to ride every week in 2024.

A Members photo at Shetland Pony Club

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.


Book a Pony Birthday Party

Book an amazing pony birthday party with our adorable Shetland ponies creating magical memories for your child’s birthday Ages 3-10+ years old.

Enjoy the beautiful countryside at our private facility with trained ponies and staff for “The best day of my life!” – Ella, aged 5.

Contact us here for 2024 dates: on 07734 950 309 or info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk


Take a moment to enjoy our video – All about Shetland Pony Club


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

Small Ponies deliver Big Dreams – Shetland Pony Club’s 2023 Review

See how our Small Ponies deliver Big Dreams in our special video reviewing the ponies’ busy year at Shetland Pony Club.

New facilities and lots of training

The year began with snow, just like the Shetland Islands, so the ponies were fine. Over the winter we built a new extension to our viewing gallery, to welcome parents and riders. The ponies and team trained hard for opening in March. There were lots of new paths for all our riders and Club Members to explore.

Coronation Celebrations and Community Support

After glorious spring weather and Easter riding, it was time to celebrate the Coronation with Pony Tea Parties and the Big Help Out. We also welcomed Scouts and Community Groups. We supported Cancer Research UK with a Sunset Pony Walking evening.

Poppy Fields and Pony Experiences

June brought amazing wildflowers and our riders were able to enjoy their Own a Pony Experiences in the poppy fields of our beautiful Surrey Hills.

Summer Camp and Shetland Shopping

Vets Day, Cowboys Day, Nature Day and Gymkhana Day all featured in our Summer Camp programme.  Children improved their riding and learned pony care to gain ABRS+ awards. Our shop also opened in its Vintage Rice Trailer selling gifts from the Shetland Islands and featuring Shetland ponies.

Autumn Award

Half-term and Halloween riding and fun were followed by winning the UK Enterprise Award for the Best Children’s Equine Experience. Well done ponies, what a big year it’s been!

Looking forward to seeing you all for pony riding and learning in 2024.

Take a moment to enjoy our  video – Shetland Pony Club’s 2023 Review – Small Ponies deliver Big Dreams


We open for riding on 2 March 2024

The office will be open throughout the winter. Do contact us on 07734 950 309 or info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

Bookings for 2024 will open during January.

Our VIP Wait List is now open. Keep an eye on our weekly emails to be the first to know when bookings are released.


Pony Share Waiting List – enrolling for 2024 now

Want a pony for 2024?

Join our waiting list now to find out how you could become a member at Shetland Pony Club and receive a gorgeous members pack under the tree for your child at Christmas, and a pony to ride every week in 2024.

Pony Share Membership at Shetland Pony Club

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.

Find out more here


Take a moment to enjoy our  video – Shetland Pony Club’s 2023 Review – Small Ponies deliver Big Dreams

We would like to thank all our members, customers, suppliers and friends from all over the world for all your support in 2023.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year from Rosemary, Liz, Libbie, the Team, and all the ponies at Shetland Pony Club

2 Cheeky Shetland Ponies – up to no good

Where are those 2 Cheeky Shetland Ponies – they are up to no good!  Let’s find out what mischief Robinhood and Prince William are up to, in the Safari Tent at Shetland Pony Club

Where are the Shetland ponies?

Our customers are late and the ponies should be waiting patiently for them to arrive – but they have escaped. Let’s take a look at what they are doing in this week’s hilarious video.

Watch the video to find out more.

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


Book your Summer Pony Riding here:

Starter RidesOwn a Pony Experiences, Shetland Pony Parties, Summer Camp, Shetland Pony Walking Experiences, 

Our summer camps are in full swing now, with amazing pony fun filled days with a pony. There are different themes to enjoy each day – so much to learn and enjoy! There are still spaces in August – Don’t miss out – book now!

Summer 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/day or £600/ 4 day week.

  • Mon 31 Jul – Thur 3 Aug (fully booked)
  • Mon 7 Aug  (2 spaces)
  • Tues 8 Aug  (2 spaces)
  • Wed 9 August  – Come to Cowboy Day! – Book Now
  • Thur 10 Aug (fully booked)
  • Mon14 Aug – Thur 17 Aug (spaces)
  • Mon 21 Aug – Thur 24 Aug (spaces)
Shetland Pony Parties

Amazing pony parties for children aged 3 -10 years old. Use of our 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. Next availability:

  • Saturday, 19 August 14:30pm
  • Sunday, 20 August 14:30pm
Starter Rides

are 45 mins long and specially designed first riding experiences for children. Includes pony grooming and a ride on their own pony. Followed by a certificate presentation. £50 per child. Each child will have their own pony and helper. Please note your child MUST be 3 years old at the time of their ride. Next availability:

  • Sunday, 6 August 9am (one space only),
  • Saturday, 12 August – 15:30pm
  • Sunday, 13 August 12.15pm
Own a Pony Experiences 

are two hours long and are delightful early riding and learning experiences for children from age 4 years old. Includes lots of riding and pony care, followed by a rosette presentation. £75 per child. Each child will have their own pony and helper. Next availability:

  • Saturday, 5 August 11am
  • Sunday, 6 August 14:15pm

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

Do take a moment to watch this week’s episode of Shetland Pony Club TV: Cheeky Shetland Ponies – up to no good

How Shetland Pony Club began – 15 years ago

We are often asked how Shetland Pony Club began. This week, for our 15th birthday, Rosemary shares the story of how the idea for a Ranch full of adorable Shetland ponies was born.

How Shetland Pony Club began

Many years ago, the children had an adorable Shetland pony called Billy, who they rode everywhere, including to school. Billy was a special pony and the children had so much fun caring for him, riding him and loving him.

Small Ponies…Big Dreams

The children had a dream that it would be wonderful to have more Shetland ponies and share their fun with others, and so in 2008 that dream became a reality. Since then, thousands of children have visited the ponies at The Ranch and enjoyed riding them and caring for them too.

15 years on, and still going strong

Some of the original Shetland ponies are still with us today. Can you recognize any of them in the video? Our adorable Shetland ponies have a home for life with us, and they love to meet new children who want to ride.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Shetland Pony Club and our wonderful ponies and team over the last 15 Years.

Enjoy this special film here.

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


Book your Summer Pony Riding here:

Starter RidesOwn a Pony Experiences, Shetland Pony Parties, Summer Camp, Shetland Pony Walking Experiences, 

Summer Camp days and weeks 

Our summer camps are in full swing now, with amazing pony fun-filled days with a pony. There are different themes to enjoy each day – so much to learn and enjoy! There are still spaces in August – Don’t miss out – book now!

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/day or £600/ 4 day week.

Fun at Shetland Pony Club Camp with the ponies

  • Mon 24 Jul – Thur 27 July (fully booked)
  • Mon 31 Jul – Thur 3 Aug (2& 3 August fully booked)
  • Mon 7 Aug – Thur 10 Aug
  • Mon14 Aug – Thur 17 Aug
  • Mon 21 Aug – Thur 24 Aug

book now

Shetland Pony Parties 

Shetland Pony Parties – Amazing pony parties for children aged 3 -10 years old. Use of our private facility with 6 ponies, creating magical memories for your child’s birthday. One and a half hours – from £750

  • “Wonderful experience!! Beautiful place with every detail thought through. The girls loved it!! Thank you so much!!” Beatriz (Oct 22)
  • “We celebrated our daughter’s 5th birthday at Shetland Piny Club! It was an unforgettable event, very well organised, not just professionally, but with a lot of love! Thank you very much to Liz and her team for making this important day so special!
    Highly recommended!” Natalia (Nov 22)
  • A stunning location and beautifully designed ranch which left our kids (and the adults) open-mouthed in amazement! Thank you to all the staff at the Shetland Pony Club, who were so friendly and attentive with the children and who made my daughter’s birthday weekend one she’ll never forget!” Matt (Aug 22)

Next availability:

  • Saturday, 12 August 14:30pm
  • Sunday, 13 August 14:30pm

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Starter Rides

Starter Rides  are 45 mins long and specially designed first riding experiences for children. Includes pony grooming and a ride on their own pony. Followed by a certificate presentation. £50 per child. Each child will have their own pony and helper. Please note your child MUST be 3 years old at the time of their ride.

Starter Ride at Shetland Pony Club

Next availability:

  • Sunday, 30 July 9am (one space only),
  • Sunday, 30 July 12.15pm (one space only)
  • Saturday, 12 August 14:30 and 15:30pm

book now

Own a Pony Experiences

Own a Pony Experiences are two hours long and are delightful early riding and learning experiences for children from age 4 years old. Includes lots of riding and pony care, followed by a rosette presentation. £75 per child. Each child will have their own pony and helper.

Summer Own a Pony Experience at Shetland Pony Club

Next availability:

  • Saturday, 29 July 14:15pm
  • Saturday, 5 August 14.15pm (one space only)
  • Sunday, 6 August 14:15pm

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

book now

Do take a moment to watch this week’s episode of Shetland Pony Club TV: How Shetland Pony Club began – 15 years ago.