Shetland Pony - The Right Choice for Your Child?
I want a
pony! Have you heard that from your child? If so, you might be
considering a Shetland Pony and want to learn more about these
wonderful little guys.
ponies to a horse person and you may get a response like, "Don't get a
shetland, they're crazy" or something like that. Ponies have undeserved
reputations for being hard to catch, running riders under trees, being
stubborn, and biting.
let that cause you to eliminate a Shetland Pony from consideration.
Like any breed of horse or pony, there are wonderful and poor examples.
Ponies, like any other horse, can develop bad habits if they are spoiled or
allowed to do whatever they want. If you supervise your child and educate
your child to communicate with the pony in a kind but assertive
manner, all will be fine.
My very own
granddaughters, Hallie and Madalyn, share a fabulous shetland pony,
named AJ. AJ is sweet, kind, gentle, willing, and loves his little
owners. At Christmas one year, we saddled up AJ and led him right into the
house to take a picture of Hallie and him in front of the Christmas tree for
the family card - he was perfectly behaved and didn't even poop!
Pony is a very old breed, one of the oldest breeds in England. Originating
in the Shetland Islands, north of Scotland, and the Orkney Islands, they are
strong, sturdy little equines. Adapted to the harsh climate, they have stout
bone, a dense winter coat that adds to their wooly winter appearance, and
long, thick manes and tails.
Ponies measure between 32 and 46 inches high and come in a rainbow of
colors, including black, chestnut, grey, bay, white, and pinto. They are
generally good-natured, willing, gentle and intelligent. However, due to
their intelligence, they can become headstrong and spoiled without proper
These ponies are especially long-lived and many families have a shetland
pony in the pasture that all their children rode and is now teaching their
grandchildren to ride.
So, don't be afraid to consider a Shetland Pony for your child or
grandchild. They are sweet, gentle little horses that can add lots of joy to
a child's life.
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