Shetland Pony


Shetland Pony

Scientific Name

Equus caballus 


The Shetland pony is known for its petite stature and is amongst the smallest breeds of horse in the world. Other distinct physical features of this animal include short legs and a stocky body.

Shetlands are very hardy animals that can cope with harsh weather conditions. During the winter season, they grow a thick coat to keep them warm.

Despite their tiny stature, Shetland ponies are incredibly strong. In fact, in terms of size to strength ratio, they are one of the strongest horses on the planet!

The breeding season for these animals is during the spring. Female Shetland ponies gestate (are pregnant) for 11 months and stay with their foals until the youngling is 4 to 5 months old.


Shetland ponies mostly eat grass, leaves and twigs. They are also fed hay in captivity.

Size Fact

Full grown Shetlands can grow up to 110cm.

Food Fact

Shetland ponies are herbivores.

Fun Fact

A Shetland pony Grand National is hosted each year in London!

IUCN Red list

The Shetland pony is not evaluated on the IUCN red list. 

Where do I live?

These ponies originate from the Shetland Isles of Scotland.

Our animals

The Shetland pony features in the Animal Show.

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