The Shetland pony or “Shetlander” is a small but powerful pony breed and inherits its name from the Shetland Islands in the most northern part of Scotland. They are among the smallest in the world, but at the same time as one of the strongest breeds of horses/pony.
They have small ears, to prevent heat being lost during winter time. The head should not be to big and needs to have a straight profile. The body is round with a short back. The shetlander has thick hair and a long tail. The legs are short and strong. The neck is short, heavy and strong as well. They are willing to work, are curious, smart and like to try new things.
- Heigth: maximum 10.2 hands high
- Weight: +/- 450 lbs.
- Heigth: approx. between 75 and 107 cm
- Diet: rough heather and grasses
- Lifespan: can exceed 30 years
- Gestation: 11 months
- No. of offspring: 1-2