The Shetland Pony is the smallest native pony of Great Britain. They come from the islands which are northeast of Scotland and so are used to severe weather conditions and little food.
The ponies were initially used for pulling small carts and panniers of peat and may date back to the Bronze Age. More recently they were used in the mines which their small size made them ideal for. The Shetland Pony Stud Book Society was started in 1890.
Height: 26 - 46 inches!
Colour: Any colour.
Conformation: The head and ears are small. The neck is strong and short, as is the back. The Shetland has a very deep girth and, again, short, strong legs. Their coats are thick because of the climate they are used to and they have abundant mane and tail.
Temperament: Excellent temperament. They can be wilful but are generally docile, gentle and courageous.
They are ideal for children but are also great in harness. The Shetland Pony Grand National which is often seen at indoor equine events eg: Olympia is great fun to watch!
The Shetland Pony Studbook Society Website: http://www.shetlandponystudbooksociety.co.uk/
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