Originally Posted by Endiku
Honestly though, I don't think you should get a shetland pony, if riding bitless is your main objective. Shetlands are fantastic animals, don't get me wrong. They're hardy and bold, and easy to take care of. But if there is anything that they aren't, it's agreeable. Don't get me wrong...there are some docile 'do anything you want' shetlands out there, but for the most part their pony blood runs thick, and they're extremely hard headed. I've had more shetlands buck me off, rear, bolt, and lay down on me than I've had of draft horses, OTTBs, or arabians.
Having owned a Shetland cross when I was a kid, and having been around quite a few Shetlands, I have to admit I got a chuckle out of your tactful description of the Shetland disposition, bless their little hearts.
I have heard that many expletives in the English language were coined by Sheltand owners...