Miniature Shetland pony

Latin name Equus Caballus
Class Mammals
Order Perissodactyla
Family Equidae
Habitat Domestic
Distribution Originate from the Shetland Isles, UK
IUCN Status Originate from the Shetland Isles, UK

General Information

Shetland Ponies are strong hardy animals and in the past were used for carrying peat, pulling carts or even down the mines as pit ponies, although today they are often kept as children’s riding ponies. In winter their thick, heavy coats keep them warm on the coldest of days. They are highly intelligent and usually good natured.

Lifespan: 30 years

Fun Fact

A Shetland pony can pull twice its own body weight making it the strongest of all horse and pony breeds.

Keeper Notes

Feather arrived at the Zoo on 25th July 2015. She is 2 years old and is a show pony, she has won several rosettes under her show name ‘Blackator Unruffled’. She has already made friends with our donkeys Dusty and Smokey.