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Shetland Pony

Description:

Shetland Ponies are hardy and strong, in part because the breed developed in the harsh conditions of the Shetland Isles. In appearance, Shetlands have a small head, sometimes with a dished face, widely-spaced eyes and small and alert ears. The original breed has a short, muscular neck, compact, stocky bodies, and short, strong legs and a shorter than normal cannon bone in relation to their size. A short broad back and deep girth are universal characteristics as is a springy stride. Shetlands have long thick manes and tails and a dense double winter coat to withstand harsh weather. Different breed registries have different height standards, but the outside ranges are between a minimum of 7 hands and 11.2 hands (28 to 46 inches (71 to 117 cm)).

Notes:

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 to an official maximum height of 42 inches (10.2 hands, 107 cm) at the withers. (11.2 hands for American Shetlands) 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.

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6 Comments

ColinMacleod
ColinMacleod 9 years ago

Thanks, everyone. As much as I would like to won one, I think they might be hard work. This one is very bold - not shy to come up and say hello!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

wonderful,

auntnance123
auntnance123 9 years ago

Those are really short legs! Apparently the extra height you describe for American Shetlands (the only ones I've seen) is all in the legs. Thanks for sharing.

Greenphoenix
Greenphoenix 9 years ago

want to have one! nice pony

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 9 years ago

really shot legs!!

harsuame
harsuame 9 years ago

Encantador muy hermoso

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Spotted on Mar 23, 2012
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