These small ponies were bred on the Scottish Shetland Isles since the Bronze age. Originally, they were used for pulling peat and coal carts and for plowing farm land. Then, as the Industrial Revolution increased the need for coal in the 19th century, Shetland ponies served as pit ponies underground hauling coal. They were used throughout Great Britain and even exported to the USA.
Stem type: Przewalski Pferd vor 2.000 Jahren
Weight: ♂, ♀ 150-200 kg
Withers height: ♂, ♀ 87 up to 107 cm
gestation period: 11 month
feed: Grass, herbs, foliage
Power: Packing, train, riding and carriage horses; good-natured, not terrible character; undemanding in feed and care; 1 foal a year
distribution: Shetland Islands