Keeping Tradition Alive
Stout, loveable Thelwell ponies
probably come to mind when you
think of Shetlands. Those cartoon
characters are likenesses of the
traditional breed that originated
in England—a likeness that the
Shetland Pony Society of North
America strives to maintain.
With a height limit of 46 inches
at the withers, these Shetlands are
stocky but staunch. Coupled with a
steady temperament and a willing,
go-getter attitude, the traditional
Shetland Pony makes a great
partner for driving or in-hand
activities. And if you’re looking to
get your kids involved in the horse
world, the Shetland makes a great
introduction to riding and in-hand
work for young equestrians.
These are qualities that drew
Ami Howard of Olney Farm to
the Shetland Pony. “Handled
correctly, they are kid-friendly,
safe, quiet, athletic, healthy
ponies for kids—and adults.
Shetland Pony is
sturdy and good-natured.
WHAT IF YOU DON’T WANT TO RIDE but you still want
to be an equestrian? You probably don’t need, or want, a
large horse (read: money muncher). But you still want the
versatility to compete and maybe drive, right? Then the
Shetland Pony might have something to offer you.