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Shetland Ponies are the smallest of the British breeds, and unlikernother pony breeds, do not increase in height when bred on more favorable land andrnin a milder climate.

rnrnThe early 1800s saw a demand for this breed from outside thernShetland Islands (Scotland) where it developed initially this was mainly for circusrnanimals and children’s ponies. However, with the abolition of child labor in therncoal mines demand grew even further and large numbers of ponies were sent to Englandrnfor the mines. Buyers from the US had also become interested in the breed and largernconsignments were shipped across the Atlantic.

rnrnIn 1822 it was estimated there were 10,000 ponies on the ShetlandrnIslands but by the 1890s this figure was down to only 4000. Today on the Islandsrnthere are approximately a thousand.

rnrnWith the increased demand and popularity, several stud booksrnwere established to breed ponies for use in the pits and for export. Interest grew,rnand in 1890 the Shetland Pony Stud Book Society was formed.

rnrnBlack is the foundation color but any color is acceptable. Theyrnhave a relatively strong head with a broad forehead, large kindly eyes, large openrnnostrils and small neat ears. There should be a strong neck and muscular chest setrnon a thickset body, with a relatively short back, strong sloping shoulders, andrnstrong muscular hindquarters. They should have good flat bones and muscular legs.

rnrnShetland ponies have tremendous character and are not viciousrnand ill-tempered as people are sometimes led to believe. If a Shetland Ponies arerntreated sensibly, not teased or spoilt, they are a docile, wonderful pony for anyrnchild and they makes a tremendous driving pony for adults.

rnrnBecause of their small size, Shetland ponies are ideal for smallrnholdings, and they bring hours of enjoyment to their owners, whether they be a child’srnfirst pony or an adult’s show or harness animal.

rnrnContent Source: New Zealand Rare Breeds (www.rarebreeds.co.nz  )

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