Shetland pony racing is possibly the cutest equestrian sport on the planet. In just a few years, it has evolved from a few charity races here and there to a full-fledged competitive sport. It’s fun to watch these adorable creatures race.
The Shetland pony is the most powerful breed of pony and is native to the Shetland Islands. The breed has adapted to the harsh climate and limited food supply of the islands. Shetlands were used as pack horses and were brought to England to work in coal mines around 1850.
Shetland ponies can also be suitable for children and make good outdoor pets, as long as you remember that they are horses and that you properly care for and meet their needs. Shetland ponies are tiny and adorable, making them ideal for small children’s pony. Adults can and do ride ponies, including Shetlands. So we believe you should be able to find a large, strong Shetland using your own good judgment.
The Shetland Pony is one of the most well-known horse breeds, particularly among children. Its gentle nature makes it an excellent choice for young children who want an equine companion but are unfamiliar with horses. And who knows, if your child develops a passion for riding a Shetland pony, they might be able to compete in competitions like the one in our video.
They are also relatively inexpensive to keep, eating grass or good hay when available. (Ponies are much happier when they have a companion, so if possible, have two.) So, excluding vet fees, the total cost of owning a mini Shetland pony for a year is around £140 – £200. You can keep the pony in your garden, but he will be much happier in a field where he will have plenty of grass and space to play with his friends.