What to look for in a Shetland pony

This week we learn what to look for in a Shetland pony and what qualities we should seek out when choosing the ideal pony to buy.

What to look for in a Shetland pony

Batman is a pedigree Shetland pony who is registered with the Shetland Pony Stud Book Society and has many features that make him a quality Shetland pony.  He has a very long tail, a full mane and a glossy coat that keeps him warm in the winter.

Features of a quality Shetland pony

Prince William is also a quality Shetland pony. He has small fluffy ears that keep the weather out, with a broad face and wide nostrils to help him breathe easily. He has kind eyes and is friendly and interested in all that’s around him, which is known as presence. Good quality Shetland ponies are kind, engaging and fun to be with.

Why are Shetland ponies so small?

Shetland ponies are small and hardy because they are naturally bred to live in the very harsh conditions of the Shetland Islands. There is little food and shelter, so being small gives them the best chance of survival. Quality Shetland ponies have short legs, upright hooves and stout bodies, so they are very strong for their size.

Find out more

Batman and Prince William are great examples of what to look for in a pedigree Shetland pony, but Toffee also has many quality features, even though he is not registered. So, do look at the pony, as well as the paperwork when choosing the perfect Shetland pony to buy.

Watch the video to find out more:

Shetland Pony Club is closed for the winter

We plan to reopen on Saturday 6 March 2021 and have a lovely selection of gift vouchers for 2021 that you can buy online now.

Advanced booking, limited availability

We have a few dates open for 2021 that are available to book now – you can book some Shetland Pony Parties, Starter Rides and Own a Pony Experiences.

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Our full programme for 2021 will be online in the coming weeks.

Do take a moment to learn about what to look for in a Shetland pony in this week’s’ video.

Take care and stay safe

From Rosemary, the Shetland Pony Club Team and all the Shetland ponies

Contact us on: 07734 950 309 or email: info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk