How long do Shetland ponies live?

People often ask us how long do Shetland ponies live? Let’s find out more about the Shetland pony breed and what their characteristics are.

A native breed

Shetland ponies are a native breed, which means that they have adapted to their environment over centuries and they can live on the Shetland Islands successfully.  Conditions are tough 120 miles off the North of the Scottish mainland, so Shetland ponies have become small, hardy and able to live outside in all weathers.

Do Shetland ponies grow quickly?

As conditions are tough, the ponies have learned to live off brambles, heather and seaweed. They have adapted by growing very slowly and are not ready for riding until they are 5 or 6 years old.  As they are so tough, they can then live for a long time, but how long do Shetland ponies live?

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Shetland Pony Club is now closed due to lockdown

We have had to close early because of lockdown and are now closed for the winter. We plan to reopen on Saturday 6 March 2021.

What does this mean for my November pony riding booking?

  • All customers with November bookings have been contacted to move your booking, or organise a voucher or a refund. If you have not heard from us please do contact the office on 07734 950 309 or email us at
  • All members have been contacted separately days about their November riding and will be contacted shortly about their membership for 2021.

Can I book a Pony Birthday Party for 2021?

Yes – bookings for birthday parties are open for the whole of the 2021 season.  You can find out more about Shetland Pony Parties here and book online too or contact us on: 07734 950 309 or email:

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Pony Fun Online

To help you keep in touch with the ponies, we have created a free Shetland Pony Club Online website.  It’s full of child-friendly fun and learning for you to enjoy here:

You can also keep in touch with the ponies and enjoy our weekly videos – sign up here:

Take care from

The Shetland Pony Club Team and all the Shetland ponies

Contact us on: 07734 950 309 or email: