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Shetland Ponies Mix, Gelding, 33 years, 10.1 hh, Pinto Leisure
DE-38551
Ribbesbüttel
€200
~ £174
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Shetland Ponies, Gelding, 12 years, 9.1 hh, Pinto Leisure
DE-92289
Ursensollen
€1,550
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 7 years Leisure
AT-9942
Obertilliach
€1,500
~ £1,305 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 6 years Leisure
AT-9942
Obertilliach
Price on request
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Shetland Ponies Mix, Stallion, 3 years, 9.2 hh Mating - Leisure - Driving
is a companion
is lunged
Halter accustomed
Barefoot
Stands for the farrier
AT-6384
Waidring
€2,000
~ £1,740
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 14 years, 9 hh, Pinto MISTY & BUBBLES 13 Yr old 37 Inches Paint Shetland MareBreeding - Show - Leisure
is a companion
suitable as school horse/pony
is allrounder
US-65734
Purdy, MO
bid on auction
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 6 years, 10.2 hh, Leopard-Piebald
F: ATLAS | MF: MANIEK
Leisure - Breeding
is registered broodmare
is broken-in
with protection contract
is allrounder
is easy to load
PL-88-200
radziejów
€2,600
~ £2,262 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 14 years, 9.1 hh, Leopard-Piebald Leisure
DE-40822
Mettmann
€2,800
~ £2,436 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 4 years, 7.2 hh Leisure
DE-46282
Dorsten
€950
~ £826 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, Foal (04/2024), 9.2 hh, Chestnut-Red
F: KEL STAR DU CENTAURE | MF: PICASSO FRA HOLLA
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PREcious Dressage Horses
FR-14100
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 6 years, 10.2 hh, Leopard-Piebald
F: ATLAS | MF: MANIEK
Leisure - Breeding
Stajnia Siekierscy
PL-88-200
radziejów
€2,600
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 4 years, 7.2 hh Leisure
Hubert Winkel
DE-46282
Dorsten
€950
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 5 years, 8.1 hh Leisure
Hubert Winkel
DE-46282
Dorsten
€1,250
~ £1,087 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 14 years, 9.1 hh, Leopard-Piebald Leisure
DE-40822
Mettmann
€2,800
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Shetland Ponies, Gelding, 12 years, 9.1 hh, Pinto Leisure
Johan Van de Streek
DE-92289
Ursensollen
€1,550
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 14 years, 9.2 hh, Black Leisure
Astrid Mayr
DE-96365
Nordhalben
€2,250
~ £1,957 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 4 years, 7.3 hh, Roan-Blue Leisure - Driving
Reiterhof Rohlfes
DE-49152
Bad Essen
€1,200
~ £1,044 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 6 years, 10.1 hh, Chestnut-Red
F: EMPIRE V.D. BOSRAND
Leisure - Breeding
Julia Jacob
DE-66606
Sankt Wendel
€2,500
~ £2,175
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 7 years Leisure
Andreas Altenweisl
AT-9942
Obertilliach
€1,500
~ £1,305 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 14 years, 9 hh, Pinto Leisure
Sport- und Freitzeitpferde Fuchs
DE-86679
Ellgau
€1,950
~ £1,696 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies Mix, Stallion, 3 years, 9.2 hh Mating - Leisure - Driving
Claudia Steger
AT-6384
Waidring
€2,000
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 17 years, 8.3 hh, Leopard-Piebald
F: ORION V. STAL CIROSHET | MF: BAYERN'S FALCO
Leisure
Sport- und Freitzeitpferde Fuchs
DE-86679
Ellgau
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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.

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.

Interior of Shetland ponies

Shetland Ponies are known for their friendly and affectionate personalities. They are intelligent, curious, and often display a mischievous streak. Despite their small size, they are hardworking and have a strong work ethic. Shetland Ponies are loyal and bond closely with their owners, making them popular as children's ponies and family pets.

Exterior of Shetland ponies

Shetland Ponies are small but sturdy, with a thick double coat that helps protect them from the harsh weather conditions of their native Shetland Islands. They have short, sturdy legs and a broad chest, with a short, compact body. Shetland Ponies come in a variety of colors, including black, chestnut, bay, and gray, and can have white markings on their faces and legs.

History of Shetland ponies

The history of the Shetland Pony dates back to the Bronze Age, when ponies were used for transportation and carrying loads in the Shetland Islands. Over time, the breed was refined and became known for its small size and hardiness, making them ideal for the harsh conditions of the islands. In the 19th century, Shetland Ponies were exported to mainland Britain and other parts of the world, where they were used in coal mines, as carriage ponies, and as children's riding ponies. Today, the breed remains popular for a variety of purposes, including as pets, in shows, and for driving.

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