Our pony days are available Tuesday to Friday during all school holidays, including half term holidays. There is a choice of a half day running from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm or a full day, which runs from 09:00 am to 5:00 pm. All children between the ages of 5 and 15 are welcome on a day, even if they have never ridden before. They simply need to fill our our rider registration form as well as our pony day form and bring them along on the morning of their pony ride.
The day starts with registration where all children are allocated a riding time based on their current Santolina riding level and a pony/horse (children are allowed to choose who they would like to ride!). They can also book an extra half hour ride for just a little extra. Ask us about it – it’s a great way to get more riding in whether doing a full or half day.
Children are then divided into groups of no more than 8 children per group and are supervised throughout the day by a Santolina Staff member.
All staff supervising children on pony days have obtained a CRB check. Whilst in their groups, children will learn all about how to care and look after ponies through activities such as:
- Tacking up
- Leading in hand
- Rugging, leg and tail bandaging
- Mucking out
- Horse behaviour
- Horse first aid
Please contact us for an example schedule of a Santolina pony day.
The supervising staff member will get the children ready for their riding lesson and all children are fitted with a riding hat and body protector before being to the correct school to have their lesson. Please review our Body Protector Policy.
Children bring their own packed lunches and eat them with the rest of their group and their supervising staff member. We also have a tuck shop at the stables where children can buy a selection of sweets, drinks and crisps (with parents permission), so they may wish to bring along some pocket money. During the summer months, we are often visited by the ice cream van which provides us with more refreshing treats.
Please contact us if you would like more information on our pony days or if you would like to make a booking. Our Pony Day Form with the terms and conditions is also available online or can be provided on request. Please note that children who have not attended Santolina Stables before will also need to complete a Rider Registration form.