Shetland Ponies

Shetland Pony

Shetland Ponies

Did You Know?

Shetlands are measured in inches or centimetres rather than in hands and they can be up to 42 inches.

All about Shetland Ponies

Order:
Perissodactyla
Family:
Equidae
Group:
Equus
Lifespan:
20 + years
Gestation:
10 to 11 months
Habitat:
Grassy upland areas
Diet:
Herbivore - Grass and seaweed
Conservation Status:
Not Classified
Male:
Stallion
Female:
Mare
Young:
Foal

Fun Facts!

Shetland ponies Equus caballus are Britain’s smallest native breed of pony. Due to their short stature they were used to work underground in coal mines. The Shetland pony can pull twice its own weight, stronger than most horses. They have lived on the Shetland Isles for at least 2000 years. They have since been exported worldwide. In winter, the Shetland pony will grow a double coat for protection. The coat has “guard hairs” which shed rain and make for an extremely waterproof winter coat.

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