Festive horse rides for toddlers
Our toddler E LOVES horses; she’s a huge My Little Pony fan, so when we discovered Pony Patch is a riding school for children 2 years upwards we were sooooo excited for her!
Pony Patch (near Glossop) is a family business, that provides children age 2 and up with a non-pressured introduction to horses and horse riding.
The first time we went was just to have a try, at the weekends you can just turn up and ride during the drop in session .for a few pounds – much more reasonable than other places we’ve looked at.
For Christmas they put on special events. We booked in advance to go on the Christmas Groom & Ride and kept our fingers crossed the weather wouldn’t be too bad as the venue is rather exposed to the elements! We were lucky, it was a cold day but when we went it wasn’t raining.
When we arrived, our pony wasn’t yet free so E had a jump around on the bouncy castle – holding on to my hands as she jumped around. We had many giggles and it still makes me smile thinking about her laughing so much! By now it was getting quite cold so daddy took baby A to the Coffee Shop, it’s just next door in the Garden Centre at Wimberry Hill. Without the cafe to shelter in, it would have been too cold for us all to go.
The session started off with E brushing the horses’ body and mane, she had to use different brushes and concentrate hard! Then festive decoration, with an Elf ‘hat’, bows in the mane and sparkly painted hooves – though I think by this point she just wanted to ride the pony! The final touch was to sprinkle magic reindeer dust over her pony, Thia.
Then we were ready for our 15 minute rein led ride out the paddock and down the lane. E loved every minute, she didn’t look happy though because she was so focused!
E had such a fab time and I didn’t have to hang around in the cold for too long! Children get a one on one horse experience with a pony and someone looking after them. It’s a great way to introduce toddlers to horses, at an affordable price.
After we went and joined baby E in the coffee shop, ate homemade cake and warmed up. I found a nice comfy sofa to feed baby A whilst E and daddy pottered around the garden centre. A lovely morning out, when it’s warmer we’ll be heading to Pony Patch again.
Here’s to our next festive adventure!