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Shetland Pony
Shetland Pony
Mammal. Relative to their size, the Shetland pony is recognized as the strongest Equid in existence. Shetlands can pull twice their own weight, giving them about twice the power of most heavy horses. They originated in the harsh climate of the Shetland Islands, far north of the Scottish mainland. For many centuries Shetland ponies lived in the open, with only their thick hair to protect them from the elements. They were domesticated around 500 B.C. and have been used all over the world for diverse purposes, from a riding horse to a plow or pack pony. The Shetland pony is one of the most popular horses in the world.
Scientific Name Lifespan
Equus caballus var. 20 years
Herbivore. Grasses and other plants.
Predators and Threats
Cougars and humans.
Originated in the Shetland Islands, Scotland. Now distributed worldwide.