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Miniature Shetland Pony

Equus Caballus

The Shetland pony is known for its petite stature and is amongst the smallest breeds of horse in the world. Other distinct physical features of this animal include short legs and a stocky body. Despite their tiny stature, Shetland ponies are incredibly strong. In fact, in terms of size to strength ratio, they are one of the strongest horses on the planet!

Shetlands are very hardy animals that can cope with harsh weather conditions. During the winter season, they grow a thick coat to keep them warm. They can be found in a wide array of colours, although black is most common.

This horse is an ancient breed, having been around for over 2,000 years. The Shetland pony originates from the island of Shetland, which is found off the coast of Scotland. Farmers used them as working animals; used to haul items such as peat, to be used as fuel in the farmer’s houses. In the 19th century, the pony was used in Britain as a pit pony in coalmines.

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Conservation Status:



Shetland Isles, Scotland




Grass, leaves and twigs


up to 110cm




10-11 months

Life Span:

25-35 yrs