|Minimum 7.0 hands. Maximum 10.2 hands.
Shetlands have small heads, sometimes with dished faces, widely spaced
eyes and small and alert ears. The original breed has a short, muscular
neck; a compact, stocky body; short, strong legs; and a
shorter-than-normal cannon bone in relation to its size. A short broad
back and deep girth are universal characteristics, as is a springy
stride. Shetlands have long thick manes and tails and dense double
winter coats to withstand harsh weather.
ponies are generally gentle, good-tempered, and very intelligent by
nature. They make good children's ponies, and are sometimes noted for
having a "brave" character. They can be very opinionated or "cheeky",
and can be impatient, snappy, and sometimes become uncooperative. Due
in part to their intelligence and size, they are easily spoiled and can
be very headstrong if not well-trained.