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There are few people who aren’t charmed by a stocky, stout-hearted Shetland pony. Known affectionately as shelts or shelties, “Scotland’s little giants” have played a surprisingly important part in the history of not only the Scottish nation, but the world. These remarkable ponies developed their robust constitution through centuries of life on the windswept Shetland Isles to the north-east of Scotland. Their ability to survive in the most challenging conditions is one of the top reasons given for choosing this breed by those who buy a Shetland pony. Tough, hardy Shetlands make a tremendous addition to any equestrian family, and those who breed or sell a Shetland are usually the biggest fans when it comes to spreading the word about their versatility.

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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 14 years, 9.1 hh, Black Leisure
Jan-HWollesen
DE-25923
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 11 years, 8.3 hh Leisure - Driving - Mating - Dressage
DE-38690
Vienenburg
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Shetland Ponies, Stallion, 3 years, 8.1 hh, Bay-Dark
F: VANITY V.D. BUXUSHOF
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Arabika Stud
PL-91-604
Lodz
€2,000
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Shetland Ponies, Stallion, 1 year, 7.3 hh, Grullo
F: VADERHOEVES SHAGGY | MF: ARRIVE V. D. ZANDKAMP
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DE-18069
Rostock
€960
~ £813 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Stallion, 4 years, 8.2 hh
F: THE ONE AND ONLY OF DUKE STABLE
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Arabika Stud
PL-91-604
Lodz
€2,500
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Shetland Ponies Mix, Gelding, 4 years, 10.1 hh, Chestnut-Red Leisure
Reitschule
AT-5261
Helpfau-Uttendorf
€1,600
~ £1,355 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Stallion, 1 year, 8.2 hh, Pinto
F: VERY DYNAMIC V. D. BUXUSHOF | MF: JASPER VANT HEIDEPARK
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DE-18068
Rostock
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~ £847 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 10 years, 7.3 hh, Chestnut Leisure - Breeding
DE-63607
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 14 years, 8 hh, Leopard-Piebald Leisure
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AT-6351
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€1,500
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 9 years, 10 hh, Bay-Dark Leisure
Pferdeschule
AT-6351
Scheffau
€2,750
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 12 years, 8.1 hh, Chestnut-Red Leisure
DE-29331
Lachendorf
€1,800
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Shetland Ponies, Stallion, Foal (04/2022), 10.2 hh, Chestnut-Red Leisure
DE-49762
Lathen
€800
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Shetland Ponies Mix, Gelding, 4 years, 10.1 hh, Chestnut-Red Leisure
Reitschule
AT-5261
Helpfau-Uttendorf
€1,600
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 17 years, 8.3 hh, Chestnut-Red Leisure
NL-4885JA
Achtmaal
Price on request
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 5 years, 8.1 hh, Pinto Leisure
World Horse Company
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Almkerk
€950
~ £805 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 8 years, 10.2 hh, Pinto Leisure
Johan Van de Streek
DE-92289
Ursensollen
€2,400
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Shetland Ponies, Stallion, 2 years, 10 hh, Black
F: KOEN V.D. ZUID CAROLINE | MF: ZICO
Leisure
DE-63607
Wächtersbach
€1,500
~ £1,270 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Stallion, 5 years, 11.2 hh, Black Leisure - Driving
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HU-5530
Vésztő
€3,500
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Shetland Ponies, Gelding, 19 years, 10.2 hh, Gray
F: NARWIN | MF: BUGDAHNS FABIAN
Driving - Trail - Leisure - Dressage
DE-21255
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€2,500 to €5,000
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 11 years, 8.3 hh Leisure - Driving - Mating - Dressage
DE-38690
Vienenburg
€955
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 10 years, 9.1 hh, Chestnut Leisure - Breeding - Mating
DE-38690
Vienenburg
€820
~ £694 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Stallion, 11 years, 8.1 hh, Black Breeding - Show
DE-27336
Rethem
€650
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 2 years, 8.2 hh, Chestnut-Red
F: DJAN V.D. BOSRAND
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Arabika Stud
PL-91-604
Lodz
€1,300
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 3 years, 8.3 hh, Chestnut-Red
F: NANKO L.H.
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Arabika Stud
PL-91-604
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€1,500
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Shetland Ponies, Stallion, 4 years, 8.2 hh
F: THE ONE AND ONLY OF DUKE STABLE
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Arabika Stud
PL-91-604
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Use and characteristics of Shetlands

The first impression of most Shetland ponies is that they are “typical Thelwells”, tiny creatures with attractive heads and a mass of full, flowing mane and tail. Their bodies are solid and round, set on short legs that are relatively fine yet very strong and clean of feather, giving them a surprisingly elegant appearance. People who buy a Shetland soon discover those little legs can move too, as Shetlands carry the C-gene for speed. While black is a foundation colour for registered stock, it’s also permissible to sell a Shetland with grey, chestnut, bay, brown or part colouring, though spotted coats are not allowed. Registered stock must also meet the height standards of 7 hands (70 cm/28 in) high to a permitted maximum of 10 ½ hands (107 cm/42 in) high when fully grown. Shetlands were used for centuries as pack ponies on the islands, carrying local produce such as peat and seaweed for fertiliser. They were also used for driving and for ploughing the areas of land that could be cultivated. Relative to their size, Shetlands are one of the most powerful breeds of pony.

Origin and history of breeding Shetland ponies

Ponies have lived on the Shetland Isles and neighbouring Orkney since the Iron Age, which began around 800 BCE in this region. Archaeological excavations have discovered the remains of Shetland-sized ponies as well as slightly larger equines. The people of the islands were originally Picts, whose traditional culture continued until the arrival of Norse seafarers who occupied the islands. The Norse were traders as well as warriors, and they may have both brought their own ponies and taken ponies from Ireland and Scotland to form the foundation of the Icelandic stock. DNA similarities certainly suggest a connection between Icelandic, northern British and some Irish breeds of pony, and this group is unique and separate from other European and “Oriental” strains. A major turn in the fortunes of the Shetland came with the passing of acts in the mid-19th century that prevented women and children from working in coal mines. Mine owner Lord Londonderry set up a stud on Shetland to ensure a constant supply of ponies to take their place working underground in northeast England. Most Shetlands today are their descendants.

Shetland ponies in equestrianism

Now that the last Shetlands have thankfully left the mines, these little stars have the chance to succeed in many other activities, from the Shetland Grand National to scurry driving. They excel as therapy and companion ponies and compete successfully in agility classes. The Dancing Pony, a Shetland, became an internet sensation, and 30-year-old therapy Shetland pony Smurf was recently given Pony of the Year status in the UK. Shetlands have contributed to several international breeds, including the Pony of the Americas.

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