What are some facts about Shetland ponies

The Shetland pony

Shetland pony

The Shetland pony

  • Horse breed:Shetland pony
  • Origin: Shetland Islands
  • Size: 87-107 centimeters
  • Weight: 150-190 kilograms

Breed description:

The Shetland pony is one of the most popular and well-known breeds in the world. It originally comes from the Shetland Islands, which is how it got its name. The islands are characterized by their mostly cold, rainy and stormy climate. These natural conditions made the Shetland pony a robust and resilient small pony over the decades. Due to its resilience, it was mainly used in agriculture, where it pulled heavy loads without any problems. The Shetland pony was also often used in pit work because of its small size and strong strength.

Because of its good-natured and awakened nature, it is ideal for working with children. Due to its strong and persistent properties, it is also preferred as a driving and carriage horse.

Most common colors:

They can come in all colors, but badges are very rare. The tiger snail, on the other hand, is not permitted for breeding.

The look:

The Shetland pony has a fairly stocky build, characterized by a large head, broad forehead, and small ears. With a strong neck and short legs, it looks very compact. His trademarks are his long and full mane and his thick forelock.

Essence and character:

It is characterized by its cunning and docile nature. The Shetland pony is very inquisitive and always tries to master difficult tasks. His character is rounded off by his gentle and good-natured nature, which makes him particularly popular for working with children.


As is typical for ponies, Shetland ponies are sometimes stubborn. The first abnormalities, such as bucking or biting, should be prevented immediately by means of intensive training when riding in.


Despite their very small size, Shetland ponies have unimaginable pulling power. Therefore, they are among the strongest horses in the world and are accordingly very popular draft and carriage horses.

Particular susceptibility to disease:

Since a Shetland pony develops very slowly in its growth, it should not be broken in before 4 years. Should this happen, it can cause damage to the muscles or the skeleton. A particular problem with Shetland ponies is the breed-related tendency to laminitis or mudguards. Therefore, a regular check by the farrier or the veterinarian is essential.