What is the Ponies & Tots Program?   Our Ponies & Tots Program is designed for children (ages 3-6 years) to have their first exposure to horses in a safe environment.  This program introduces a healthy, positive equestrian experience at an early age, that promotes fun, physical literacy and respect for animals to last a lifetime.  

The Pickering Horse Centre Ponies & Tots program facilitates children to develop basic human movements and link them together in active play around horses.  Children will have their first exposure to horses and the stable and will learn basic grooming, riding, theory and safety practices.

Ponies & Tots is a part of Pickering Horse Centre’s  Long Term Equestrian Development (LTED) ‘Active Start’ program. It is structured to enhance a young childs physical, mental and emotional development while enjoying a farm environment with safe horses and ponies.

Guideline and Skill Development

In this program children will learn:

  • To safely pat a horse/pony under supervision
  • To handle a brush and learn basic grooming
  • To feed a treat by bucket
  • What a horse eats and drinks
  • How to demonstrate respect for all animals
  • Balance exercises on a vaulting barrel
  • How to mount/dismount a horse/pony with assistance
  • To build trust and confidence through pony rides
  • Basic use of reins and stirrups
  • Voice commands
  • Basic parts of the horse



Saturday, January 13th 2018
Saturday, January 27th 2018
Saturday, February 10th 2018
Saturday, February 24th 2018
Saturday, March 3rd 2018
Saturday, March 31st 2018
Saturday, April 14th 2018
Saturday, April 28th 2018
Students can register per one day session.  They must participate in minimum of
4 sessions prior to the introduction to the mount/dismount session 

Cost: $20.00 + HST per session

Click HERE for more information and registration form




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