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Shetland Ponies

Animal Essentials

Scientific Name:
Equus caballus
Park Location:
Muddy Duck Farm
Shetland Isles
Grass Lands

Amazing Facts

This horse is an ancient breed seen for over 2,000 years.
The pony was used in Britain as a pit pony in coalmines.
Sheltland ponies are usually less than 42 inches tall.

The Shetland pony is a small, but very adaptable Pony and therefore is a good animal for many different environments, it can make a wonderful riding pony, even for children whom often use the Pony as their first mount.

Far from delicate, the Shetland pony is not only known for being a wonderful pet, but also as a work animal. The Shetland pony is also an excellent show animal and can be seen in many horse shows. The Shetland pony is generally a hearty, healthy fit breed and perhaps this accounts for much of its popularity. It seems to adapt well to new surroundings and has been exported all over the world, doing quite well in many different environments.

The Shetland pony can be found in a wide array of colors, although black is seen more commonly. The Shetland pony has a thick coat and full mane and tail. They are usually less than 42 inches tall and is quite stocky, with short legs and is quite strong for its size. The Shetland pony can be further identified by its short back and deep barrel.

This horse is an ancient breed seen for over 2,000 years. The Shetland pony originates from the island of Shetland, which is found off the coast of Scotland. The Shetland Islands have a very harsh, unforgiving climate, which is why the Shetland pony has developed a thick coat. Farmers used the Shetland pony as a working animal. The Shetland pony would haul such items as peat to be used as fuel in the farmer’s houses. In the 19th century, the pony was used in Britain as a pit pony in coalmines.

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