About Pony Days
What is involved in a pony day?
Pony Days will vary slightly depending on the venue but the emphasis is always on learning in a safe environment and having fun. They are more than just riding - Pony Days are an opportunity for children to build confidence and learn a variety of skills. Each child is allocated a pony and given the opportunity, under supervision, to have complete care of a this particular pony throughout the day. A Pony Day is a chance to interact with a pony one-on-one, to learn about their character and really get to understand them.
During the day they will get lots of hands on experience – learning how to handle the pony in the stable; to lead them, groom them and even to muck out – as well as the riding of course.
The morning will generally include:
- Safety around horses
- Basic stable management skills
- Tack identification and Cleaning
- A private or semi-private riding lesson (and maybe a hack)
- Tuition in stable management by qualified staff
- Rosette / Certificate of achievement
- Treasure hunt on horseback
- Hide and Seek on Horseback
- Mounted Gymkhana Games
Are there any restrictions?
Most Pony days are suitable for every standard of rider, novice or experienced, or anything in between. It is a genuine opportunity for the
children to get hands on experience and plenty of opportunities to put their newly acquired skills into practice.
Generally Pony Days are suitable for children aged between 4 and 15. Although aimed at children some venues will also take adults who felt they missed out as a child - after all who isn’t still a child at heart?