Maybe the ponies have the most documented history of all histories about the living horse races.
Practically, the history was written together with the history of the Shetland Islands. There was a similar pony which lived on these islands more than 200 years ago.
Like the Icelandic horses, the Shetland ponies were formed by mixing the British blood with Viking one.
They are characterized by: waist of 100 cm, lateral body format of 100%, thick hairy layer, forehead covered with a thick forelock. Its expressive head has a straight or slightly concave profile and is proportional to the bodily development. It also has: big, expressive, intelligent eyes, a broad forehead, big nostrils, strong and short neck, flat withers, strong back and muscular loins, small and resistant hooves. The average lifespan of the individuals of this race is 25 years.
The Shetland ponies are intelligent animals with a cheerful temperament and strong and determined personality. They are difficult to master if they are not trained or educated adequately. Anyway, with a proper training, they are excellent champions for children and can be used for pulling various vehicles. They can also take part in training competitions or in contests with special obstacles for ponies.