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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, 2 years, 9.1 hh, Black
F: FLY AWAY V. STAL WILCAS | MF: ILICH V. REIJENSBROECK
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Franz Lory
DE-86983
Lechbruck am See
ONO ~1,524 $1,350 €
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 2 years, Pinto Leisure
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 2 years, Pinto Leisure
Marie-Claude Dasque
FR-31580
Balesta
ONO ~677 $600 €
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Shetland Ponies, Gelding, 3 years, 11.2 hh, Pinto Leisure
Jan-H.Wollesen
DE-25923
Süderlügum
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 11 years, 9.2 hh, Pinto Leisure
Franz Lory
DE-86983
Lechbruck am See
ONO ~1,355 $1,200 €
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 7 years, 10 hh, Gray-Dapple Leisure
Franz Lory
DE-86983
Lechbruck am See
ONO ~1,468 $1,300 €
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Shetland Ponies Mix, Mare, 1 year, Bay-Dark Leisure
4 Hufe im Glück e.V.
AT-5630
Bad Hofgastein
~564 $500 €
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 2 years, 9.1 hh, Black
F: FLY AWAY V. STAL WILCAS
Leisure
Franz Lory
DE-86983
Lechbruck am See
~1,524 $1,350 €
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 2 years, 9.1 hh, Black
F: FLY AWAY V. STAL WILCAS | MF: ILICH V. REIJENSBROECK
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Franz Lory
DE-86983
Lechbruck am See
ONO ~1,524 $1,350 €
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 3 years, 9.1 hh, Chestnut-Red Leisure
Reiterhotel Vox GmbH & Co. KG
DE-49577
Eggermühlen/ OT Bockraden
ONO ~3,274 $2,900 €
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Shetland Ponies Mix, Gelding, 5 years Leisure - Dressage - Carriage - Jumping
Pferdeschule
AT-6351
scheffau
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Shetland Ponies, Stallion, 4 years, 9.2 hh, Chestnut-Red
F: MARCO VON OBERNISSA | MF: PRISCO
Mating - Leisure
DE-39576
Stendal
~2,258 $2,000 €
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Shetland Ponies, Stallion, 4 years, 9.2 hh, Chestnut-Red
F: MARCO VON OBERNISSA | MF: WINNETOU
Leisure - Mating
DE-39576
Stendal
~2,596 $2,300 €
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 15 years, 9.1 hh, Chestnut-Red Leisure
Pferdehandel
DE-84092
Bayerbach bei Ergoldsbach
price on application
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 9 years, 8.1 hh, Black
F: RAINBOW ANGEL
Leisure
Reiterhotel Vox GmbH & Co. KG
DE-49577
Bockraden
ONO ~2,484 $2,200 €
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 7 years, 9.1 hh, Pinto Leisure - Breeding
NL-5768PN
Meijel
~2,201 $1,950 €
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Shetland Ponies Mix, Mare, 9 years, 8.3 hh, Chestnut-Red Leisure
NL-3881RL
Putten
ONO ~621 $550 €
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Shetland Ponies, Gelding, 8 years, 10 hh, Black Leisure
DE-30853
Langenhagen
ONO ~1,129 $1,000 €
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Shetland Ponies, Stallion, 11 years, 8.2 hh, Pinto
F: BRUNO VOM EMKENTAL | MF: ENDRIK BUNDESPRÄMIENHENGST
Mating - Leisure - Breeding
AT-4160
Aigen-Schlägl
~1,129 $1,000 €
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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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