The Shetland (horse)
See also: the Shetland (homonymy)
The the Shetland is smallest British Poney and one of smallest of the world; it draws its name from a group of islands located at the north of the Scotland, with very the Latitude as the south of the Greenland. Its origins are dubious; these ponies have had however to exist for several centuries, and perhaps even since much longer. The ancestors of the Shetland pony remain rather obscure still today but certain specialists think that it would be one of the descendants most direct of primitive the Celtique pony. The Shetland is small but extremely extremely: it one of the strongest is surely équidé S of the world compared to its size. Adapted very well to the climatic whims of these Scandinavian islands and to the poverty of their pastures, it is naturally resistant because its small size and its thick layer of hairs enable him to limit the heat loss of its body and thus to resist the most extreme temperatures. Its action is free and right. It raises well the articulations, faculty which is the result of centuries spent on tormented grounds, rock or covered with Bruyère S. The Poney S belong to the daily life of the islanders, who used them for the saddle as for the pack, transporting all, of cereals to the peat. Very small and strong, they were adapted perfectly to underground work in the coal mines. The breeding became flourishing, but it is only about year 1850 that the first shetlands were in England to be used like draft animal in the coal mines. Grâceà their robustness, their intelligence and with their dress, they are trèes appréciépar the children. This one is a sharp animal and in certain subjects one asks for a minimum of experiment for his handling.
It can be very voluntary, but it is very intelligent and answers well when it is correctly handled. Its active paces and its handiness make of him a pony of perfect attachment, and some contribute even to an international level.
The Shetland Moderne called also the American Shetland is a modified version of the Shetland Classic. After certain crossing, it kept the force and the endurance of the Shetland while taking the elegance and the refinement of Hackney. It is especially used for the attachment.
Description of the race
- the Shetland measures between 80 cm and 1.07 cm with the garrot.
WrapAll dresses are allowed, except the appaloosa!
ConformationSmall head attached well and to the broad face. Dark, trustful and intelligent eye, small right ears, boils of the broad nose with large open naseaux.
Strong and deep body, short back, and muscular kidneys. Broad and strong back-hands; robust members, good framework punt, short guns, solid, round and well formed feet.
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