Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: South Range, WI
I understand and appreciate that you love your British Shetlands but there really its no need to put down American Shetlands. I don't think the breed is "ruined," just different. Just because some decided they wanted to create a more refined riding pony rather than a "work horse" type doesn't warrant slamming an entire breed. I personally consider them completely separate breeds, with different qualities in each to appreciate.
Before I got my Classic American Shetland, when I thought of Shetland Ponies, I thought of British Shetlands. For that reason, I never wanted one. Nothing against your ponies, but they are just not for me. I was thrilled to discover a lighter, more refined pony and now I own two.
Honestly I think if you own this breed you need a thicker skin and perhaps should concentrate on educating rather than ranting. British Shetlands were NOT bred for their beauty, and they DO look chunky (though I understand they are not overweight). They were and are bred for their working ability. So, you can have your strong, hardworking pony and I'll have my pretty pony and we'll both be happy.
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