Shetland Pony Breed

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Shetland Ponies

Shetland Pony
The Shetland pony may be small but it is incredibly strong, hardy and energetic, able to withstand the harsh winters that the Shetland Isles have to offer only  proves this little ponies toughness.  Although a little cheeky by nature they do make good children s ponies and also make excellent driving ponies too.

The breed originates in the Shetland Isles which are off the mainland of Scotland, England.

The maximum they will reach is 107 cm.

Shetland ponies can be bay, grey, black, chestnut, dun, piebald and skewbald.


The Shetland pony originates from the Shetland Isles which are off the Scottish mainland to the North of Great Briton. The Shetland pony is thought to have had influences from Scandinavian, Icelandic and later Celtic ponies all of which have evolved the Shetland into a very hardy and headstrong individual.

These wonderful ponies have been used  for many different purposes over the years, for example as coal mining ponies, pack ponies, riding and driving ponies.  They are strong, lively, hardy and can also be strong willed  but there intelligence and character make them a favorite with many people.

Shetland ponies are often used as an all round children's pony and for driving.

The Shetland Pony Stud Book Society
The society aims to preserve, protect and promote this wonderful breed of horse.