SHETLAND PONY - BREED DESCRIPTION
||Registered stock must not exceed 40 inches (102
cms) at three years or under or 42 inches (107 cms) at four years
or over. Ponies are measured from the withers to the ground,
by measuring stick, and a level stance, preferably concrete,
should be used.
may be any colour known in horses except spotted.
||The coat changes
according to the seasons: a double coat in winter with guard
hairs which shed the rain and keep the pony's skin completely
dry in the worst of the weather and, by contrast, a short summer
coat which should carry a beautiful silky sheen. At all times
the mane and tail hair should be long, straight and profuse and
the feathering of the fetlocks straight and silky.
||The head should
be small, carried well and in proportion. Ears should be small
and erect, wide set but pointing well forward. Forehead should
be broad with bold, dark, intelligent eyes. Muzzle must be broad
with nostrils wide and open. Teeth and jaw must be correct.
||Should be well
placed with sufficient good, flat bone. Strong forearm. Short
balanced cannon bone. Springly pasterns.
||The thighs should
be strong and muscular with well-shaped strong hocks, neither
hooky nor too straight. When viewed from behind, the hindlegs
should not be set too widely apart, nor should the hocks be turned
and well-shaped - not too short, narrow, contracted or thin.
action using every joint. Tracking up well.
||A most salient
and essential feature of the Shetland Pony is its general air
of vitality (presence), stamina and robustness.