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post #1 of 7 Old 09-28-2013, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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New to Shetlands. Tell me ALL about them.

A week or so ago I bought a pony from an auction. Nobody bid on him and they were about to send him back home with his person, but I felt bad for him and got him for $5.

I hadn't been paying attention to him when he came in, so I missed all of his information. I didn't even know if he was a stud.

Luckily he is gelded, but he didn't come with any other info. He is skittish and hard to catch. He isn't mean and only offered to kick when I checked if he was gelded. haha. (Understandable).

He ended up being halter broke once we got our hands on him, but he refused to walk forward. We were a sight when I was leading him out of the pen and to our trailer! Forward is broken, but he backs up great! I backed him all the way out of his pen, through the yard, across the parking lot, and to the trailer. Whatever works at the time.

I was planning to keep him stalled and hand graze him until he was friendlier, but apparently he is an excellent little jumper and jumped a gate that was about 4' tall to get out of the barn. He also got into EVERYTHING that he could reach. Pony mischief!

He's now coming up to me to inspect buckets that I may be holding, but doesn't like being touched yet. We'll get there. He's not mean at all, I just get the feeling that someone was heavy handed with him at some point.

We'll be buddies in no time, I think.

This is my first time owning one of these tiny monsters. I know that diet is an issue. I want my pony to be healthy and happy! Share with me your tips, tricks, and hints on training and health. Also, feel free to share pics of your ponies!

This is my $5 steal. He is yet unnamed. Nothing seems fitting yet.

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-28-2013, 09:41 PM
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All about them? Um, basically the most important fact to remember is that they allll are coming home with me.

But really. Shetlands are my absolute favorite. [Second to Arabs, of course!!]

I love him. :) How about Theodore with Theo or Teddy for short? He seems like he needs some kind of ridiculously pompous name...
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-03-2013, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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Haha. Wallaby, I never really cared for the shetlands I have met before, but this guy is super charming.

He pretends not to care about the herd and hangs off on the fringes, but as soon as we take Mana or Daisy away, he's running the fence and calling. He's like a shy teenager. And goodness, is he nosy! He gets into everything!

I've decided to name him Havoc.
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-03-2013, 01:08 AM
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I think Havoc would be a great name for him and it sounds like he's already living up to that name LOL.

As for diet, no grains or anything with starches or sugars in it. Basically, you need to feed him like a horse that's prone to laminitis....because ponies really are.

He'll likely maintain his weight on old grass (not fresh green if you can avoid it) and/or grass hay just fine. I wouldn't feed him any alfalfa either unless he were to start getting a touch ribby.

He looks like an absolute darling and a sturdy little guy. You are tall enough that you might feel and look a little funny, but you likely are light enough that you could ride him.

He darn sure needs to learn to drive. Get him cleaned up and he'd look like a regular little stunner hooked to a cart.
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-06-2013, 05:19 AM
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He's cute, but would suggest getting leather halter on him or a breakaway as this one could get him hung up.

As a rule, Shetlands are full of personality, and very independent little guys too, since they are small, there has been tendency for them to be spoiled which is a mistake, just like big horses too.

Quick learners, has a great sense of humor, and are willing little things too, especially when it suits them.

Love him, he is quite the looker.

But watch his attitude, and don't let him get by with anything.

Love the head on the other horse too.

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post #6 of 7 Old 10-12-2013, 05:57 AM
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I've never had a shetland, but he looks like a mischief to me :3

Hahaha so cute! That's one hell of a pony for $5, have fun with him
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-12-2013, 07:28 AM
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Shetlands are smart yet if handled correctly are wonderful characters. Mine was a mare and a joy to have around. I was able to ride her bareback and was able to develop a mouth that responded to a mere tickle of the rein.
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