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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, Stallion, Foal (05/2022), 10 hh, Dun Leisure
Reitsport Graf
DE-76863
Herxheimweyher
€1,350
~ $1,408
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 5 years Leisure
Hunde Pferde Hubert Winkel
DE-46282
Dorsten
€1,400
~ $1,460 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Gelding, 19 years, 10.2 hh, Gray
F: NARWIN | MF: BUGDAHNS FABIAN
Driving - Trail - Leisure - Dressage
DE-21255
Tostedt
€2,500 to €5,000
price range ~$2,607 to $5,214
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 2 years, 8.2 hh, Chestnut-Red
F: DJAN V.D. BOSRAND
Mating
Arabika Stud
PL-91-604
Lodz
€1,300
~ $1,356
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 4 years, 9.1 hh, Brown Leisure - Driving
Jan-HWollesen
DE-25923
süderlügum
€1,250
~ $1,304
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Shetland Ponies, Stallion, 3 years, 8.3 hh, Pinto Mating - Show - Leisure - Driving
Natascha Kaiser
DE-55758
Oberhosenbach
€1,000
~ $1,043 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Gelding, 1 year, 10.2 hh Leisure
Reitponygestüt Aspel
DE-46459
Rees
€1,000
~ $1,043 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 17 years, Chestnut BLONDIEEndurance
Kelli Dougherty
US-77502
south Houston
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 9 years, Brown AMBEREndurance
Kelli Dougherty
US-77502
south Houston
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Shetland Ponies, Gelding, 4 years, 10.2 hh, Black Leisure
Johan Van de Streek
DE-92289
Ursensollen
€1,850
~ $1,929 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Gelding, 6 years, 9.1 hh, Chestnut-Red Leisure
Johan Van de Streek
DE-92289
Ursensollen
€1,100
~ $1,147 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Gelding, 5 years, 10.2 hh, Leopard-Piebald Leisure
Johan Van de Streek
DE-92289
Ursensollen
€2,400
~ $2,503 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Stallion, 1 year, 9.1 hh, Black
F: KOEN V.D. ZUID CAROLINE | MF: AXEL VAN STAL DE HONDERDMORGEN
Breeding - Leisure - Driving
Sandy Birkenstock
DE-16792
Zehdenick
€950
~ $991 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 5 years, 10.2 hh, Pinto Leisure
Johan Van de Streek
DE-92289
Ursensollen
€2,400
~ $2,503 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Stallion, 3 years, 8.3 hh, Pinto Mating - Show - Leisure - Driving
Natascha Kaiser
DE-55758
Oberhosenbach
€1,000
~ $1,043 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 16 years, 9.2 hh, Brown Leisure
Natascha Kaiser
DE-55758
Oberhosenbach
€1,000
~ $1,043 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Stallion, Foal (05/2022), 8 hh, Palomino
F: NICK | MF: REITSE
Leisure - Breeding
PREcious Dressage Horses
DE-49770
DOHREN
Price on request
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 5 years Leisure
Hunde Pferde Hubert Winkel
DE-46282
Dorsten
€1,400
~ $1,460 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Stallion, Foal (05/2022), 10 hh, Dun Leisure
Reitsport Graf
DE-76863
Herxheimweyher
€1,350
~ $1,408
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Shetland Ponies, Gelding, 3 years, 7.3 hh, Leopard-Piebald Leisure
World Horse Company
NL-4286LZ
Almkerk
€750
~ $782 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Gelding, 2 years, 8.1 hh, Chestnut-Red Leisure - Driving
Gudrun Kremser
DE-87679
Westendorf
 to €2,500
price range ~ to $2,607
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Shetland Ponies, Gelding, 19 years, 10.2 hh, Gray
F: NARWIN | MF: BUGDAHNS FABIAN
Driving - Trail - Leisure - Dressage
DE-21255
Tostedt
€2,500 to €5,000
price range ~$2,607 to $5,214
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 7 years, 9 hh Leisure - Show
Tyersal Equestrian
GB-BD 4
Tong, West Yorkshire
£1,250
~ $1,513
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 11 years, 8.3 hh Leisure - Driving - Mating - Dressage
Georg Strübig
DE-38690
Vienenburg
€955
~ $996 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 10 years, 9.1 hh, Chestnut Leisure - Breeding - Mating
Georg Strübig
DE-38690
Vienenburg
€820
~ $855 Negotiable
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Shetland Ponies, Gelding, 1 year, 9 hh Show - Leisure
Tyersal Equestrian
GB-BD 4
Tong West Yorkshire
£950
~ $1,150
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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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