Did you know that Shetland ponies originated in the Shetland Isles, which is south of Scotland? Although often used today to give rides and have as pets, Shetland ponies used to pull carts and other types of work. Standing up to 46 inches at the withers, there is a lot of power packed into their small frames!
Shetland ponies are tough, smart and known to be brave and have an even temperament. While they used to be working horses, today they are primarily prized for their beauty. There are Shetland horse show circuits and official Shetland Pony clubs for pure bred horses that show the hallmark characteristics of the breed.