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!
This week, we have been busy getting the Shetland ponies ready to reopen The Ranch. There’s lots to do. First, the vet has been to give the ponies their annual flu vaccinations. The ponies were all very well behaved and good patients and Crème Brulee even helped with the paperwork.
Shetland pony shampooing
Next, the Shetland ponies get ready to reopen for pony fun, with a shampoo to make their coats clean and glossy. Take a look at all the ponies. Who is the shiniest and who has a crazy hairdo? Why is that?
Shetland pony picnic
The Shetland ponies have enjoyed a picnic on the grass in The Ranch too, but some of them have been trying to get extra food from the buckets. Who are the picnic pests?
Strictly Limited Shetland Pony Visiting – Sunday 28 June 2020
On Sunday afternoon 28 June 2020 we will have limited ponies available for Shetland Pony Visiting. Our pony share members have really enjoyed connecting with their ponies after lockdown. So, we would like to give more children the chance to come and enjoy some pony company too. You will NOT be able to ride but can still have a lovely time with your adorable Shetland pony.
Please understand your child will NOT BE RIDING due to 2m social distancing rules, just pony visiting, grooming, and a chance to walk a Shetland pony with supervision through the meadows. There will be a chance to take photos of your child and pony too.
We’d love to see you for pony fun – date to be announced soon
We are excited to let you know that we will soon be ready to reopen Shetland Pony Club, in line with the latest government stay safe guidelines announced on 23 June 2020 and advice from the Association of British Riding Schools. Keep an eye on this weekly email, social media and thewebsite herefor more information and our plans for riding safely. We would love to see you for pony riding fun soon. (Updated 24 June 2020).
All paid bookings from July onwards – we will contact all bookings for July shortly to let you know about our plans for your booking.
Parties – we will contact you to discuss your party booking.
Gift Vouchers – expiry dates will be extended if you are unable to use them within the current expiry period.
Pony Share Membership – we are contacting members regularly about their pony.
Refunds – we hope that you will support the ponies, if you are able to, by accepting a voucher code to ride in the future. Should you require a refund instead, please email us and we will organise this for you.
Take care from
The Shetland Pony Club Team and all the Shetland ponies
There’s a Shetland Pony vet visit happening at The Ranch this week and we are getting prepared with the ponies. First, we need to find out how much the ponies weigh, so that they can be given the right amount of vaccination. Then, we need to have every pony ready as the vet is very busy.
Find out what happens when the vet comes to visit?
We’d love you to join us for pony fun during Half Term from 25 May – 2 June. Do book ahead as the ponies are very popular. Summer Camp Bookings are now open too.
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 camp days and weeks – enjoy the whole day with your favourite Shetland Pony and learn about how to look after him, as well as to enjoy riding and being with him. 9.30 – 4pm. Summer holidays only – Age 5+. £119 per child
NEW – We have added two extra dates in August for those who have missed out on August Camp Fun.
New Thursday 16th August 2018 (New – spaces)
New Thursday 30th August 2018 (New – spaces)
We have limited availability for Summer Camp days on the following days:
Monday 23rd July
Tuesday 24th July 2018
Thursday 9th August 2018
If you would like to join us on one of our legendary summer camps this year, book online or call Liz in the office on 07734 950 309