Ponies on the Smallholding Course

Have you ever thought that your pony could be contributing more to your smallholding than a grass cutting service? Do you have timber that needs pulled or grass that needs harrowed and have you thought that these would be good jobs for your pony but you don't know how to start training him or what equipment to buy?

Course overview

Following the success of previous courses and demonstrations, The Accidental Smallholder is delighted to announce that Steve Reid, natural horseman and horse trainer, will be running further events at Dalmore to help you prepare your pony for work.

Photos from the 2010 course

This one-day event will cover:

  • Choosing a good working pony - or making the best of what you've got
  • Choosing and fitting harness for different tasks
  • Choosing and sourcing equipment
  • Basic education and training for pony and handler

Steve has over twenty years' experience in developing young (and not so young) horses and ponies for riding, driving and as working partners. He also works with "difficult" horses. His methods are natural to the horse, respecting his dignity at all times.

The event is aimed at those with some experience of ponies, although those with a general interest in working ponies are most welcome.

2018 Course dates

There are no current dates for the working pony course for 2018. If you would like to be notified when we add dates for this course please contact or call on 07986 451129.

The course costs £95 per person including lunch - gift vouchers available.

Course location

The course will be held on our smallholding in Barry, Angus. We are 8 miles north of Dundee, on the east coast of Scotland. There is plenty of car parking. We offer a pick-up service from Carnoustie Railway Station which has regular trains from the north and south.

Please contact us for details of overnight accommodation available nearby.


To book a place on the course please contact or call on 07986 451129.

Booking is essential as numbers are limited.

Rosemary Champion

About Rosemary Champion

Rosemary lives on a 12 acre smallholding in Angus, in the east of Scotland, where she keeps Ryeland Sheep, Shetland cattle and assorted poultry. She was destined to be a smallholder from an early age.

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