Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Shetland Pony

Contributor(s): Bob Langrish


  • Pony.


  • Shetland Pony   Shetland Pony  .

General information

  • Thought to have existed in the Bronze Age.
  • Many ponies have been exported to Europe, USA and Canada.
  • Bred with the hackney   Hackney  and the Appaloosa   Appaloosa  to produce the American Shetland and the Pony of the Americas   Pony of the Americas  , respectively.
  • The Shetland is the foundation to the Argentinian Falabella   Falabella  .
  • Used as pit ponies.
  • Is classified as the smallest pony.
  • Very strong and hardy.
  • Independent and headstrong.
  • Gentle.


  • Celtic Pony.

Principal uses

  • Riding.
  • Driving.
  • Pets.


  • Registered.

Biologic Data

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Further Reading


Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Glegg P D et al (2001) Scapulohumeral osteoarthritis in 20 Shetland ponies, miniature horses and Falabella ponies. Vet Rec 148, 175-179.

Other sources of information

  • Hendricks B L (1995) International Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN: 8-8061-2753-8.
  • Ball C (1994) Horse and Pony Breeds. Quintet Publishing Ltd. ISBN: 1-85076-500-6.
  • Hartley Edwards E (1994) The Encyclopedia of the Horse. Dorling, Kindersley. ISBN 1-7513-011-59.


  • The Shetland Pony Stud-book Society, Pedigree House, 6 King's Place, Perth PH2 8AD, Scotland.
  • British Horse Society, British Equestrian Center, Stoneleigh, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LR, UK.