The Shetland pony inhabits the Shetland Islands off Northern Scotland although the exact origins are unclear. Shetland ponies were used as pit ponies and also used for pulling carts of peat and seaweed. The first written record of the Shetland pony was in 1603 in the Court Books of Shetland. The Shetland pony became the first pony to have its own breed society with the Shetland Pony Stud Book Society being formed in 1890.
The Shetland pony stands up to 10.2 hh.
Shetland ponies is black, bay, brown, chestnut, grey and part-coloured.
The Shetland pony has a small broad head, sloping shoulders, short back and legs, full mane and tail. The Shetland pony is able to carry considerable weight and is hardy.
Shetland ponies are headstrong and independent.
The Shetland pony is an excellent driving pony.