The earliest records of small ponies existing on the Shetland Isles dates back to the Bronze Age. They are feisty in nature which helps them deal with all sorts of weather conditions. The can be very cheeky and playful.
|In the wild their diet is made up of rough heather and grasses and some seaweed washing up on the shoreline. They are used to harsh environments, where food is not plentiful.|
|The ponies on the Shetland Isles were used for domestic chores. They would have been used to pull carts carrying coal and other goods.|
|It takes 11 months for a foal to develop inside its mother. The mum is called a mare.|
|Thistle & Elvis were donated to us at the farm. They are best friends. Our blacksmith regularly comes to visit them to keep their hooves in tip top condition. As they are not used to a diet rich in sugar, we monitor their feed closely so that they don’t over eat. When you go near them try not to give them eye contact – horses and ponies prefer not to look into our eyes!|