Shetland pony lessons

weekly lessons for children aged 2-8 (height and weight restrictions may apply)


We are located in Curdridge between Wickham and Botley just off the A334 and facilities allow us to open for riding all year round. We are so pleased to be opening again for shetland pony lessons but please read our information below!


Group lessons
These 20 minute riding sessions are designed to be fun for younger children, helping them to gain confidence in a safe environment without pressure. A member of staff works individually with each rider and parent/carer but riding within a group of other children (currently restricted numbers ). Our Shetland ponies are very appealing to small children and the session can consist of a countryside walk or a more structured lead rein lesson in the arena.

*£17 per session – £16 per session multibuy


Lessons missed during lockdown will not be affected by this slight price increase.

To book this option please choose group lessons on the booking system. Our friendly, experienced team of staff supervise Shetland pony group sessions. We cannot specify which instructor or pony until the day.

Private Shetland lesson

For those children that are more experienced Pony Magic Shetland riders we offer 30 minute private lessons with Instructor Nina, during our normal Shetland pony opening hours. Please call 07780 667122 or email to book for this option.

*£22 per session

For a special treat or birthday experience why not choose ……


Shetland pony experience

This is a 30 minute experience supervised by a member of staff with one of our Shetland ponies. Your child (age 2-8) can spend 10 minutes grooming the pony and 20 minutes riding and will also receive a Pony Magic Rosette, perfect for a birthday treat!


Groom and Ride

This is a 45 minute session, supervised by 2 members of our team and 2 of our Shetland ponies which can be shared by 2,3 or 4 children (age2-8). Part of the session will be spent grooming the ponies and the remainder of the time riding, each child up to a maximum of 4 will receive a Pony Magic Rosette!



Opening times for SHETLAND PONY riding lessons at the Hampshire branch:


  • Wed: 13.30 – 17.00
  • Thu: 13.30 – 17.00
  • Fri 13.30  –  00
  • Sat: 09.30 –   13:00

(If booking fills quickly we may run some extra sessions on extra days to catch up!)

Private lessons

8 years old plus


We have 3 wonderful horses and ponies available for private lessons.


SOLDIER is our schoolmaster New Forest pony, 13.2hh and suitable for children aged 8-14 subject to height and weight restrictions. He is great with novice children but also perfect for children looking to progress in dressage and jumping!

NICO – is a 15.2hh Andalusian gelding out competing at preliminary and novice level dressage alongside his day job of carriage driving. Suitable for riders that have some experience (minimum age 14) and must be competent and secure in walk, trot and canter. Available for flatwork lessons.

REGGIE –is a 16hh Friesian stallion, primarily a carriage horse but schooling at home towards his first competition outing into the dressage arena and also loves hacking! Suitable for experienced riders only competent in all 3 paces with a secure seat as he has very extravagant paces. Available for flat lessons.

£30 – 30 minutes – £40 –  45 minutes
Currently available weekday mornings and possibly Saturday afternoons

If you have missed a lesson(or pamper n ride, now called groom and ride) during the COVID-19 crisis


  1. Please create an account on our online booking system as detailed on the home page.
  2. We will add tokens/credit to your account so you may re-schedule.
  3. We are planning to re-open slowly in phases and therefore lessons will be released for booking on a 2 week rolling schedule.
  4. Please subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date with any changes.

Progress scheme

We continue to offer our fun and simple progress scheme (optional to all riders) which has proved to be very popular, recognising the achievements of our little riders and helping them to progress in logical steps to more advanced riding and pony care when they are older. There is a one off fee of £25 to register and we can work with children during a normal 20 minute session collecting stickers for each of 5 levels to earn rosettes and certificates!


You can also have fun learning at home, email for our great new fact sheets featuring your favourite ponies!

Terms and conditions

  • Pre-booking is essentialso please go to our online booking system to reserve a space. All forward bookings require payment at the time of booking. 48 HOURS NOTICE must be given for cancellations or postponement or the full cost of the session will be forfeited. If 48 hrs notice is given your account will be credited and you will be able to re-schedule within 3 months however no refunds will be made (this applies to all lessons and also our half hour birthday experience and groom and ride packages ).You will receive notification this helps to avoid excessive alterations, missed lessons and disappointments. Thank you in advance for your co-operation in this matter. We would suggest booking well ahead if you require a specific date or time.
  • We aim to provide a safe and fun introduction to riding and ponies for younger children however it should be understood that riding can be a “risk sport”. Although our ponies are generally good natured and well trained they are still “flight animals” which means they can be startled by loud noises or sudden movement so we ask that you follow our instructions and approach the ponies quietly from where they can see you. Children should be closely supervised by parents at all times around the ponies and the stable yard where big horse and vehicles can be moving around.
  • Our ponies do love treats such as apples and carrots but please do not feed them unsupervised, do bring treats along if you wish but we will generally give them to the ponies at the end of the day when they have finished working.
  • It is essential that appropriate clothing is worn while riding for comfort and safety. Riding boots are ideal however any boots that offer some protection around the ankle with a flat sole and small heel will be ok. The foot should be fully covered and unlikely to fall off , so that means no crocs, sandals or flip-flops! Wellies are often perfectly ok, children should also wear trousers they can move freely in. It is advisable for parents to wear appropriate footwear as well as we will be asking you to come along with your children and we will be going off road, conditions can get a little muddy! It is essential for all riders to wear a well fitting hat conforming to current safety standards and we have a selection available to borrow free of charge. The British Horse Society recognised standards are PAS015, ASTM F1153, BSEN1384 and SNELL E2001. Please ask if you are unsure, we will be happy to help!

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