Originally Posted by blue eyed pony
Shetlands are very strong ponies!.
That only counts if they are proper shetland ponys, unfortunatly in the US they have changed the breed to such an extent that the vast majority are no longer registerable by the mother studbook (shetland pony society UK) or indeed recognisable as shetland ponies in the UK.
I've never seen an 11hh shetland. The breed standard in the UK is not to exceed 42" which is 10.2hh though it is quite rare to actualy get them right up to height.
Yes I have ridden a shetland as it was getting too big for its boots (common problem in shetlands, they think they rule the world) and was regularly bucking its child rider off, i'm 5ft 3, heavier then you and yes the little Sh*t gave me a very hard time.