A male is known as a STALLION, a female is known as a MARE and a baby is known as a FOAL. A group is known as a HERD. Shetland ponies have heavy coats, short legs and are considered quite intelligent. They are a very strong breed of pony, used for riding, driving, and pack purposes.
Shetland ponies were first used for pulling carts, carrying peat, coal and other items, and ploughing farm land.
Shetlands are ridden by small children at horse shows, in riding schools and for pleasure. They are seen working in commercial settings such as fairs and carnivals to provide short rides for visitors. They are also seen at petting zoos and sometimes are used for therapeutic riding purposes. Shetland Ponies are hardy and strong, in part because the breed developed in the harsh conditions of the Shetland Isles. Shetland ponies are generally gentle, good-tempered, and very intelligent by nature.
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