Today, Shetlands are ridden by children and are shown by both children and adults at horse shows in harness driving classes.
The Shetland pony is a breed of pony originating in the Shetland Isles. Shetlands range in size from a minimum height of approximately 28 inches.
People who lived on the islands probably later crossed the native stock with ponies imported by Norse settlers.
Shetland ponies were first used for pulling carts, carrying peat, coal and other items, and plowing farm land. Then, as the Industrial Revolution increased the need for coal in the mid-19th century, thousands of Shetland ponies traveled to mainland Britain to be pit ponies.