Tiny tri­umph

The adorable pocket-sized Shet­land pony is cel­e­brat­ing a spe­cial an­niver­sary this au­tumn

Cornwall Life - - COUNTRYSIDE LIFE -

the ap­peal of the minia­ture but mighty Shet­land. Friendly, gen­tle and in­tel­li­gent, Shet­land ponies have a her­itage that goes back to the Bronze Age. They’re renowned for be­ing tiny but tough, and de­spite their size they were first used as farm horses, car­ry­ing peat and plough­ing the fields in their na­tive Shet­land Is­lands. Their fame spread and dur­ing the In­dus­trial Revo­lu­tion they were brought to the main­land for use as pit ponies in the coal mines.

But it’s as rid­ing ponies for chil­dren that these adorable an­i­mals have found a modern use. In fact it was a Shet­land that started the Queen’s life­long pas­sion for all things equine. When she was just four-year­sold, the lit­tle Princess El­iz­a­beth was given a Shet­land called Peggy by her grand­fa­ther, King Ge­orge V. Which just goes to prove that these pocket-sized ponies may be small in size, but they have a very big fol­low­ing in­deed.

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