The first written record of the Shetland pony was in 1603 in the Court Books of Shetland.
The Shetland pony inhabits the Shetland Islands off northern Scotland and they were used as pit ponies on mainland Britain and also for pulling carts of peat and seaweed.
Shetland Ponies are hardy and strong, in part because the breed developed in the harsh conditions of the Shetland Isles. They have long thick manes and tails and a dense double winter coat to withstand harsh weather.
Shetland ponies are gentle, good-tempered, and very intelligent by nature. They make good children’s ponies, and are sometimes noted for having a “brave” character, but can be very “cheeky”, as they are easily spoiled and can be very headstrong if not well-trained.
For its size, the Shetland is the strongest of all horse and pony breeds. and it can pull twice its own weight. Many ponies are long-lived, it is not unusual for a Shetland pony to live more than 30 years.
Bridie is the mother of Glen born born in 2016, and also Edradour born in 2017.