The Shetland pony is a favorite among kids of all ages due to their small stature and gentle nature. Standing an average of just 44 inches tall, the Shetland comes from the Shetland Isles south of Scotland? Although often used today to give rides and have as pets, Shetland ponies used to be working horses, pulling carts in farms and coal mines. This might be surprising given their size but they are actually quite powerful!
Over time the size and stature of the Shetland has changed, with the breed originally being a bit taller and leaner compared to the type we have today. They are known to be smart, brave and have a mild, even temperament. These days, the Shetland is mostly kept for their appearance. There are Shetland horse show circuits and official Shetland Pony clubs for pure bred horses that show the hallmark characteristics of the breed.