Hi Horse Pals ~
Cayce recently requested we highlight Shetland ponies, so here it is, for you Cayce!! Enjoy!
Fact #1: The Shetland is native to the Shetland Islands off Scotland and although its roots are unknown, it is an ancient breed and has been around a long time!! Think 8000 B.C.! Wow!
Fact #2: Shetlands are possibly the strongest breed in relation to their size and can survive extremely harsh conditions.
Fact #3: Sheltands are measured in inches or centimeters rather than in hands and they can be up to 42 inches.
Fact #4: In winter, the Shetland pony grows a double coat as protection against the climate of its native home. The coast has "guard hairs" which shed rain and make for an extremely waterproof winter coat.
Fact #5: Shetlands excel at scurry driving a type of speed driving competition where contestants are timed as they drive around an obstacle course, often leaning at very sharp angles as they go around corners.
We hope you enjoyed learning more about a pony that is a very popular children's riding horse. If you own a Shetland, send us photos of you riding. We'd love to share them with our Horse Pals.
@raya and Avery