Shetland Ponies

Shetland Ponies

The ponies come from the Shetland Islands far to the north-northeast of Scotland. These sturdy, small ponies are perfect for rural island life where grass was often scarce. With their thick hair and strong, stocky bodies, they made excellent carrier animals in a climate on the cool side. The Shetland Islands, being so far north, have an oceanic climate which is still much milder than expected.

Here’s a 1-minute video on Shetland ponies wearing cardigans. For more photos of these sweethearts and what they’re wearing go here! Here’s a 7-minute video on the rescue of 30 unwanted Shetland ponies. Very sweet. Here’s a 2-minute video that introduces ‘Dinky’ to the herd. This video is perhaps more suited for kids, but it’s really cute to watch Dinky race around with the other ponies.

FunFacts about Shetland Ponies (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: The Shetland pony is a breed of pony originating in the Shetland Isles. Shetlands range in size from a minimum height of approximately 28 inches (7.0 hands; 71 cm) to an official maximum height of 42 inches. Registered stock must not exceed 42 inches (107 cm) 10.2 hands (42 inches, 107 cm) at the withers. Shetland ponies have heavy coats, short legs and are considered quite intelligent. They are a very strong breed of pony, used for riding, driving, and pack purposes. (Source)
  • In the mid-1800s, when women and children were outlawed from working in coal mines, the Shetland pony was put to work in their stead. This was not an easy life for these ponies.
  • Shetland ponies are allowed to roam free in the Shetland Isles but they are not wild. Each pony has an owner.
  • Shetland ponies live an average of 20 years but can live past thirty.
  • Shetland ponies are very strong. They can pull twice their body weight which is more than even the largest horses can do.
  • Shetland ponies were domesticated about 500 BC.
  • Shetland ponies are one of the most popular horses worldwide.
  • Shetland ponies are considered good-natured and highly intelligent.

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35 thoughts on “Shetland Ponies

  1. I used to have a calendar with different types of horses/ponies for each month. Shetland ponies were one of the featured breeds, and I liked them because of their short and round appearance!

  2. I enjoyed watching the videos and the pictures of the Shetland ponies. Hard to believe that they can pull twice their body weight. I’m from Pulaski, TN.

  3. I love Shetland ponies. I had one when I was a kid, she would follow us all around. About three miles from where I live right now they have a Shetland Farm for abused and no longer wanted Shetlands. The last time I went there they had 34. The babies are adorable. Love watching the videos and the photos.

  4. We use to have a shetland pony. He was a lot of fun but he would nip you sometimes. I use to pretend that I was an outlaw and rob banks and I even had a little hideout.

  5. What little girl didn’t want a pony whilst growing up?

    I remember that yearning so clearly.
    We had the land for one but no matter how much I prayed and wished upon a star…the dream didn’t come true.

    Anyhooo, in my state, NC, the Outer Banks has wild ponies roaming free.
    They are protected, thankfully.

    We visit there whenever we get the chance. It’s such a joy to watch them.

  6. There are many people around here that have Shetland ponies. They are so sweet. Love them. Living in NE Ohio.

  7. Loved the photos especially #4 & #8, they are beauties. They really are stocky but they are so adorable. Got a kick out of the sweaters they put on them – cute. AZ

  8. I never realized there were both long-haired and short-haired versions, but they are all adorable.

  9. I live down the street from the county fairgrounds and always love seeing all the horses and ponies out! They have a few shetlands there as well!!

  10. Omg these little guys are so adorable. I want one, but as I pretty much already have a small zoo already I probably shouldn’t add anymore animals to it lol! I will just have to admire them from afar .

  11. When I was a child, my Pappy told me never to saddle and ride my pony myself. Of course, I did. Everything went fine till my pony got tired and decided to stop. Because I couldn’t get the saddle on tight enough, when the pony stopped, I went flying over his head. One of my good memories from childhood.

  12. I’m not a fan of horses, even if they’re small and adorable. From afar they are cute. I just can’t stand to pet them because of the texture of their hair.

  13. My Gp McAllister had a Shetland Pony named “Judy”!!! I even have pictures of my children sitting on her when they were babies!! We all loved Judy!!!

  14. These are so cute. There was a miniature horse ranch in Corona, where I used to live. They were sooo cute. They could be seen from the freeway. About the size of a German Shepherd and smaller.

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