Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How much is the transfer of ownership fee?

A: £20.00 per pony

Q: How can I pay?

A: Credit/debit card, postal order, cash or by cheque made payable to S.P.S.B.S., or bank payment.

Q: Can you tell who the sire and dam are if I give you a hair sample?

A: No.  DNA testing works by comparing samples so we need to know who the sire and dam are.

Q: How much is it to DNA my pony?

A: £60.00 per pony.

Q: I have a rescue pony with no passport, what do I do?

A: If the pony cannot be identified by a microchip we cannot issue a passport.  Please visit the attached page for details of other passport issuing organisations –

Q: My pony has died, what do I do?

A: Please return the passport to the office for cancellation.  The cancelled passport can be returned if requested.

Q: When must I register my foal?

A: Foals must be passported by 31st December in the year of birth or by six months of age, whichever is later. Forms must be with the office 30 days prior to those dates.

Q: What should I do if I move house?

A: Please notify us via email, with your old address and your new address and the name of any ponies in your ownership.

Q: How do I become a member?

Please see our membership page for more information.  Please find attached our membership application form Membership Form

Q: how do I take a hair sample?


The welfare of Shetland Ponies throughout the UK is a prime concern of the Society.  Owning a pony can give great pleasure but there is also a big responsibility involved with the care and wellbeing of the pony. The Animal Welfare Act 2006 requires that you ensure any horse, pony, donkey or mule for which you are responsible, whether on a permanent or a temporary base has:

  • A suitable environment to live in
  • A healthy diet
  • Is able to behave normally
  • Has appropriate company
  • Is protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease