Strong mini ponies

Depending on their heights, Shetland ponies are the strongest of all horse breeds.

Profile Shetland pony:

Breed: Shetland Pony
Group: Pony
Height: 87 – 107 cm
Features: heavy coat, short legs, strong and compact body
Coat colour:  almost every colour except leopard spotted
Character:  friendly, intelligent, very lively
Pace:  elastic and light-footed
Origin:  Shetland Isles, North of Scotland
Spread:  Europa, USA
Suitable for:  Carriage horses, Show horses


Small powerhorses from the north

They asre small, cute and really strong: the Shetland ponies. As the name suggests, the ponies originated in the Shetland Isles, located in the northeast of Scotland. It’s possible that people, who lived on the island back than, later crossed the native stock with ponies imported by Norse settlers. They were also probably influenced by the Celtic ponies , brought to the islands between 2000 and 1000 BCE.

The smal horses from the north are best known for their hardy and strong characteristics, small and compact bodies and their strong legs. The breed developed all these characteristics because of the harsh conditions of the Shetland Isles. Because of their strenght, Shetland ponies were first used for pulling carts and plowing farm land. In the 19th century, thousand of Shetland ponies were used to be pit ponies, working underground hauling coal. Today, the ponies are mostly ridden by children. They are also seen at petting zoos a lot and and sometimes are used for therapeutic horseback riding purposes.

Shetland-Ponys, smaller than 87cm, are called Mini-Shettys.

Cuddly Showstars

The scottish small horses are best known for their unique appearance: They have a boxy and compact body und their height can be from 87cm to 107cm. Their relatives, the Mini-Shetland ponies, are even smaller: They are just up to 87cm.  The breed has a short throat and a small head with widely spaced eyes. Shetlands have long thick manes and tails and dense double winter coats to withstand harsh weather. They can be found in almost every clolour, but are mainly black, chestnut, grey, palomino and silver dapple. The only you can’t find Shetland ponies in is leopard spotted.

Because of the small and cute apperance, Shetland ponies are very popular among children. Nonetheless, they can be very opinionated or impatient and sometimes become uncooperative. Shetland ponies are generally gentle, good-tempered, and very intelligent by nature. They make good children’s ponies, and are sometimes noted for having a “brave” character.

With a lot of patience and empathy, Shetland ponies can learn a lot of different and amazing tricks. They love to be in the spotlight and demonstrate their skills.

Horse Facts

Do you know? For its size, the Shetland pony is the strongest of all horse and pony breeds in the world. It can pull twice its own weight under circumstances where a draft horse can only pull approximately half its own weight.

The Dream-Team: Percheron “Cosmos” und Mini-Shetty “Charly” in “World of Fantasy”.

Mini-Shetland pony at CAVALLUNA

In the Show “Word of Fantasy” Mini-Shetty “Charly” and Percheron “Cosmos” can been seen for a funny comedian skit. “Charly” always proves that he can do, with a height of 63cm, a lot of things like his tall friend “Cosmos”: He shows his tricks with full of pride and conquer the hearts of the audience immediately. He is full of self-confident and bursting  with life – a highlight for everyone, especially the children.