The smallest of Britain’s native breeds, the Shetland has lived on the Shetland Isles for at least two thousand years.
In the 19th century, large numbers were exported and bred to work underground in coal mines. But it is an excellent driving and riding pony and that is where its future now lies.
Origin: Shetland and Orkney Islands, United Kingdom.
Height: up to 10.2 hands.
Conformation: small head, deep, stocky body, short legs, small feet. Very strong for size.
Character: Independent but tractable.
Uses: riding, driving, pet.