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Shetland Ponies for sale

There are few people who aren’t charmed by a stocky, stout-hearted Shetland pony. Known affectionately as shelts or shelties, “Scotland’s little giants” have played a surprisingly important part in the history of not only the Scottish nation, but the world. These remarkable ponies developed their robust constitution through centuries of life on the windswept Shetland Isles to the north-east of Scotland. Their ability to survive in the most challenging conditions is one of the top reasons given for choosing this breed by those who buy a Shetland pony. Tough, hardy Shetlands make a tremendous addition to any equestrian family, and those who breed or sell a Shetland are usually the biggest fans when it comes to spreading the word about their versatility.

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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 4 years, 10.1 hh, Black
F: GAMBLE V STAL VAN ASCHBERG | MF: URSUL V H STALLETJE
Leisure - Breeding - Driving
Henk Masselink
DE-46354
Südlohn
€1,800
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 15 years, 9.1 hh, Pinto Breeding
Kranzhof
DE-27336
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 12 years, 11 hh, Pinto Leisure - Driving
Doris Maier
DE-88499
Riedlingen
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Shetland Ponies Mix, Gelding, 17 years, 10.2 hh, Pinto Pony para ClasesLeisure - Jumping - Dressage
Else Adriana Henriksen Arias
ES-03291
Elche
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 4 years, 9.1 hh, Brown Leisure - Driving
Jan-HWollesen
DE-25923
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 16 years, 9.1 hh, Leopard-Piebald Breeding
Kranzhof
DE-27336
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Shetland Ponies Mix, Mare, 13 years, 10.2 hh, Black Breeding - Leisure
Nina Sturm
DE-29308
Winsen (Aller)
€2,200
~ $2,491
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 4 years, 10.2 hh, Gray-Dark-Tan Leisure
Johan Van de Streek
DE-92289
Ursensollen
€1,850
~ $2,094 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 5 years, 10 hh, Black Leisure - Driving
Johan Van de Streek
DE-92289
Ursensollen
€2,700
~ $3,057 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies Mix, Gelding, 17 years, 10.2 hh, Pinto Pony para ClasesLeisure - Jumping - Dressage
Else Adriana Henriksen Arias
ES-03291
Elche
€1,000
~ $1,132 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Gelding, 3 years, 8.2 hh, Palomino Leisure
Sabine Stollner-Widmann
DE-73453
Abtsgmünd
€1,200
~ $1,359 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 12 years, 11 hh, Pinto Leisure - Driving
Doris Maier
DE-88499
Riedlingen
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Shetland Ponies, Gelding, 5 years, 10.1 hh, Pinto Leisure
Johan Van de Streek
DE-92289
Ursensollen
€1,650
~ $1,868 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 4 years, 10.1 hh, Black
F: GAMBLE V STAL VAN ASCHBERG | MF: URSUL V H STALLETJE
Leisure - Breeding - Driving
Henk Masselink
DE-46354
Südlohn
€1,800
~ $2,038 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 4 years, 9.2 hh, Pinto Leisure - Breeding - Driving - Mating
Henk Masselink
DE-46354
Südlohn
€1,800
~ $2,038 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 16 years, 9.1 hh, Leopard-Piebald Breeding
Kranzhof
DE-27336
Rethem
€1,300
~ $1,472 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 14 years, 9.1 hh, Pinto Breeding
Kranzhof
DE-27336
Rethem
€1,300
~ $1,472 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 15 years, 9.1 hh, Pinto Breeding
Kranzhof
DE-27336
Rethem
€1,300
~ $1,472 Negotiable
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Golden
Shetland Ponies, Mare, 15 years, 9.2 hh, Chestnut-Red Leisure
Pferdehandel
DE-84092
Bayerbach
€1,650
~ $1,868 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 7 years, 9.2 hh, Pinto Leisure
Eva-Maria Jung
DE-35080
Bad Endbach
Price on request
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 4 years, 9.2 hh, Black Leisure
Hunde Pferde Hubert Winkel
DE-46282
Dorsten
€1,800
~ $2,038 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 15 years, 9.1 hh, Pinto Leisure
Pferdehandel
DE-84092
Bayerbach
€2,000
~ $2,264 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 9 years, 9.1 hh, Pinto
F: MASSEUSKAMP MYSTICS MIDAS
Leisure - Breeding
Reiterhotel Vox GmbH Co KG
DE-49577
Eggermühlen OT Bockraden
€2,950
~ $3,340 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 14 years, 9.1 hh, Black Leisure
Jan-HWollesen
DE-25923
süderlügum
 to €2,500
price range ~ to $2,830
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 4 years, 9.1 hh, Brown Leisure - Driving
Jan-HWollesen
DE-25923
süderlügum
€1,250
~ $1,415
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Use and characteristics of Shetlands

The first impression of most Shetland ponies is that they are “typical Thelwells”, tiny creatures with attractive heads and a mass of full, flowing mane and tail. Their bodies are solid and round, set on short legs that are relatively fine yet very strong and clean of feather, giving them a surprisingly elegant appearance. People who buy a Shetland soon discover those little legs can move too, as Shetlands carry the C-gene for speed. While black is a foundation colour for registered stock, it’s also permissible to sell a Shetland with grey, chestnut, bay, brown or part colouring, though spotted coats are not allowed. Registered stock must also meet the height standards of 7 hands (70 cm/28 in) high to a permitted maximum of 10 ½ hands (107 cm/42 in) high when fully grown. Shetlands were used for centuries as pack ponies on the islands, carrying local produce such as peat and seaweed for fertiliser. They were also used for driving and for ploughing the areas of land that could be cultivated. Relative to their size, Shetlands are one of the most powerful breeds of pony.

Origin and history of breeding Shetland ponies

Ponies have lived on the Shetland Isles and neighbouring Orkney since the Iron Age, which began around 800 BCE in this region. Archaeological excavations have discovered the remains of Shetland-sized ponies as well as slightly larger equines. The people of the islands were originally Picts, whose traditional culture continued until the arrival of Norse seafarers who occupied the islands. The Norse were traders as well as warriors, and they may have both brought their own ponies and taken ponies from Ireland and Scotland to form the foundation of the Icelandic stock. DNA similarities certainly suggest a connection between Icelandic, northern British and some Irish breeds of pony, and this group is unique and separate from other European and “Oriental” strains. A major turn in the fortunes of the Shetland came with the passing of acts in the mid-19th century that prevented women and children from working in coal mines. Mine owner Lord Londonderry set up a stud on Shetland to ensure a constant supply of ponies to take their place working underground in northeast England. Most Shetlands today are their descendants.

Shetland ponies in equestrianism

Now that the last Shetlands have thankfully left the mines, these little stars have the chance to succeed in many other activities, from the Shetland Grand National to scurry driving. They excel as therapy and companion ponies and compete successfully in agility classes. The Dancing Pony, a Shetland, became an internet sensation, and 30-year-old therapy Shetland pony Smurf was recently given Pony of the Year status in the UK. Shetlands have contributed to several international breeds, including the Pony of the Americas.

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