Parents' Guide to

Ponysitters Club

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Heartwarming themes in diverse show for animal-loving kids.

TV Netflix Drama 2018
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 5+

Fantastic for little ones

This is great for little ones, so unpretentious and real showing whats really important day to day. I found this was so calming and authentic. In a world where everything is so superficial this was so grounded. Yes the acting is aimed for little ones, i think some of the other comments here are very harsh. Calm down people.
age 7+

Lifetime Meets Political Correctness Meets TV Tropes

It’s fine for kids. As a person from the Babysitter’s Club generation and The Saddle Club and Thoroughbred series generation, even as an adult and a horse lover, I can appreciate a good horse show, but this one lays on the cheese a little TOO thickly. I’m stressed out watching this. The background track of constant horse neighing puts me on edge. The noise track are all horses calling out in distress. Just because it’s a horse show, doesn’t mean we need to hear distressed whinnying all the time. Makes me wonder about the “rescue” premise. The thing is, horse crazy girls and kids will duplicate/copy all that they see. They lap it up. Unsupervised access to horses not belonging to these girls and a dress with party shoes as an outfit for a Portuguese horse whisperer handling a pony that adults - professional horse people - can’t coax outdoors gives young girls hope that they can possess this gift. I’ve seen what happens when girls learn things from series like these snd end up in situations which are dangerous. They don’t have the age, experience, maturity or knowledge to enter the stall of a difficult 1200lb horse that operates on a fight or flight instinct (and they can’t run away in a stall). As a coach, I’ve had to gently let down girls who imitate what they see and believe they have a gift. I’m all for diversity, but this is *painfully* diverse and over the top (“she knows Portuguese because she lived in Brazil!”). These kids under 16 need and should be wearing boots, helmets and gloves. Just consult a professional with experience in owning horses and teaching kids how to ride. Instead of going overboard and being Captain Obvious for everything *but* the horses, a coach can tell you how these kids can be safe role models whilst still enjoying the horses to teach the horse crazy girls across the Netflix platform.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (3 ):

This feel-good series promotes the very ideals its characters advocate in their club creed: caring, kindness, empathy, and helping others. It's not gripping drama by any means, and it's clearly written for young viewers who will be more forgiving of the rudimentary stories and somewhat unpolished acting than adults might be.

Ultimately, though, Ponysitters Club is a harmless, heartwarming show about both people and animals overcoming adversity with help from friends who care. It also deserves credit for portraying a place where life isn't always perfect and for involving in its diverse cast some characters with physical and learning disabilities, including Skye's dyslexia. These small features give the series a validity that helps compensate for areas where it lacks and offers many teachable moments for families.

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