There are seven new additions to Brad Pitt’s Chateau Miravel estate, in Aix-en-Provence, as he splashed out on six Shetland ponies for his children, and a horse for his partner Angelina Jolie as a surprise.

Brad, 47, and Angelina, 36, already ride and hope to take Maddox, 10, Pax, seven, Zahara, six, Shiloh, five, and twins Knox and Vivienne, three, pony-trekking.

Speaking to The Sun a source said: “Brad ummed and ahhed about it for a while but decided to go for it.

“He wasn’t sure whether they’d find the time, as teaching the children to ride will take a lot of man hours but thinks it will be worth it in the long run.

“He thinks it’s best for them to learn to ride while they’re young.”