Pony for the Day

Will my child be able  have a handler on a shetland?

Yes, all handler led Horse/Pony rides come with a handler to lead the horse and rider.

Do you have to be able to canter to go on a pony day?

You have to be able to Walk, Trot and Canter well to be allowed to book a Pony for the Day.

UPDATE 2014: Pony Days are now suitable for all abilities including complete beginners.

Whilst the children are supervised, we're technically allowing them to look after their own pony for most of the day, as there is riding involved in a group format, everyone in the group must be of a similiar or high standard to participate.

More information can be found here:


What happens on pony for the day?

There is some information available here: http://www.chestnutsridingschool.co.uk/information/pony-day
Pony for the Day is fun, everyone looks forward to it, and enjoy coming. The aim is a balance of fun and responsibility, with each rider required to look after their own horse, or learn how to, usually involving most of the activities that required if you had your own horse.

  • 2 Hours of Guaranteed Riding, sometimes more.
  • Grooming and Horse Care.
  • Taking up.
  • Untacking.
  • General Stable Management Duties.
    • Keeping your tack clean, washing your bit, changing the girth etc.
    • Keeping the area your horse/pony was tethered to clean while he is there.
    • Putting any Equipment (brooms, brushes, hoofpicks) back after use.
  • Feeding the Horse.
  • Keeping them Supplied with Water on Hot Days.
  • Rugging and Unrugging.
  • Returning them to The Fields or their Box at the beginning of the day.

Nothing to difficult, the typical duties and responsibilities that go with horse care and horse riding.
And we're happy to help anybody learn these skills.

Proprietor S.M Hazelden - M.S.D.C Licence No 0506 (Mid Sussex District Council)

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