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Published October 30th 2012
Ponies are a kid's new best friend
It is that time of the year when horses seem to be the centre of attraction, at least in this part of the world. If your kids have gotten into the act with repeated, "Daddy, I want a pony!" routines, you might want to check this out. Never mind if you can't tell a horse's nose from its patootie, there is a horse for every rider, experience and courage notwithstanding.
Pam's Ponies Pam's ponies and horses come in all sizes and colours but the one thing they have in common, according to her, is a friendly temperament. She has pony rides for toddlers at $20. That should give you an idea of what to expect. Pam also has the venue set up for pony parties if that's an idea you'd like to pursue. For more details, visit Pam's Ponies.
Pony Parties, located in Kinglake is another option if you'd like to have ponies attend your children's party. They do hand led pony rides for kids and cater to all ages. They come to you if you can't make it to Kinglake. They are happy to bring their friendly ponies to your party if you live somewhere in the outer north and north-eastern suburbs. You can check out the list of places here. They don't mind going the extra mile beyond these areas if you don't mind chipping in the difference. You can get more details at Pony Parties.
Shetlands for all Occasions If you have a special corner in your heart for these fairy tale creatures, you might want to give Marie a call. She has Shetland ponies for everything from corporate events to a toddler party. If you have a backyard or a quiet lane, she can bring you the ponies. This pony business is located in Park Orchards, Melbourne. You can get more details at Shetlands for all occasions.
Catani Gardens, St. Kilda If you've been to Luna Park, you probably know about the pony rides in Catani Gardens. If not, read on. They have pony rides every Sunday for as little as $8 per ride. You can use the services of an experienced carer to guide the pony or a parent can do that just as easily. Go here for more details.
Gunamatta Trail Rides They have not forgotten the kids even though they are quite caught up with all the equestrian activities that they have lined up for the adults. If your child is 3 years old you can hire a friendly, well-behaved pony for a ride. You need to make sure both you and your kids are wearing fully covered shoes and not sandals or flip flops. You can get more details about pony rides at Gunnamatta trail rides.
Melbourne Horse Riding School This place has pony parties and pony rides for children of all ages. However, if your kids decide to get all serious about riding horses, you might want to checkout the children's riding lessons and adopt a pony programs that they also have. They are located at Pearcedale and you can get more information at Melbourne Horse Riding School.
Sugar Gum Farm They have a pony playgroup for parents/caregivers and kids. This includes rides for kids on friendly ponies as well as pony-related activities such as grooming, brushing, tack up etc. Of course, if your toddler grows to love horses, you can blame the ponies or enrol him/her in one of their fabulous classes. Get more details at Sugar Gum Farm.
They are practically everything animals. However, since we're on the topic of pony rides for kids we'll stick to that. They are located in Bendigo but are happy to come to you wherever you are. They also claim to have ponies who smile for the camera and that I'm sure is a sight worth seeing. They have entire packages from face painting to other farm animals. Go to animals2u for more details.
My son has been pestering me about pony rides for some time and at 3 years of age it has been a nightmare trying to find places that do rides for kids under 6 years of age. Thanks for a great article on the various businesses offering pony rides for all ages of child around Melbourne.