Ashley is completely horse mad! So when I saw that Ruislip Park Stables took children from as young as 1 on their pony rides I couldn’t wait to take her. They have some lovey small ponies that they use for toddlers and take them on a guided walk, which you accompany them on, through the woods.
Most other places I’ve looked at for pony riding have a minimum age of 4 so if you want to take your toddler then this is the place!
Pony Riding Options
The rides start from just 15 minutes, which for her first go was perfect. I knew once she got on she would be a bit unsure so I didn’t want to push it if she wasn’t up for it. They also offer 30 and 45 minute rides.
With the 15 minute and 30 minute rides you also have the option to add on some time to groom and feed the horses afterwards for an extra £12.
Ashley was so excited about going pony riding and didn’t stop talking about it in the lead up! She got on her pony Ant no problem, but after a couple of minutes felt a bit unsure and asked to get off. Our guide was fantastic with Ashley and talked to her about the pony whilst we carried her alongside. After a bit of convincing she agreed to have another go and then stayed on for the remainder of the ride. She did want to hold our hand rather than holding onto the saddle and I made sure I was holding onto her in case she tried to get off again.
As an introduction to pony riding I thought it was brilliant. Our guide was great with Ashley and really helped to reassure her. Whilst Ashley was fairly apprehensive about it when she was on the pony she told us after that she had lots of fun and wanted to do it again! Her face might not show that she’s having fun, but I guess it’s quite overwhelming! I think I’d just stick to the 15 minute rides until her confidence builds up.
15 minute ride:
15 minute ride + grooming & feeding:
30 minute ride:
30 minute ride + grooming and feeding:
45 minute ride:
Ruislip Park Stables also offer pony days, pony parties and also hacking for experienced riders. For more information on these, the pony rides and to book visit their website.