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    11-25-2012, 06:08 PM
  #31
Weanling
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Originally Posted by rbarlo32    
Bluebird, I live in Shetland September and April tend to be the worst for storms, summer is a made up think that never pops it lovely head up for more then a couple of days in July, but the weather right now is nasty. We get our own hurricane storm winds and on top of that we get Americas storms and we are closer to the Arctic Circle then we are mainland Britain. My mum would love herself a Clydesdale or Shire but the land up here isn't good enough to support their weight and they catch the wind because of their height and their for they get too cold and winter very poor and have to wear rugs in winter. And btw Shetlands do carry dwarfism but their height isn't caused by it as I have seen purebred shetlands which are dwarfs.
Anything above 48" couldn't survive in Shetland LOL. My Clydes wouldn't last a minute. Man is only hanging on there by the old fingertips. I've been to Shetland and the Orkneys as well as some of the Inner Isles as I have an interest in and actually do traditional Scottish knitting (my grandmother was Scottish) including Shetland Lace and fairlisle. I get all my wool from Jamieson and Smith. You don't have to tell me about the weather. Been there, seen it, done it. It is a beautiful but wild place. I love it as I am a hardened northerner originating from Northumberland (the remote part) and then Durham (the remote parts where Hannah Hauxwell lived). Moving back north with our two Clydesdales when we buy a farm around Oban or possibly the Isle of Mull. Fed up with London and Surrey! Too many people, not enough room for horses...or sheep...or chickens...or knitting!
     
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    11-25-2012, 06:11 PM
  #32
Weanling
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Originally Posted by AlexS    
Here's a video, it's adorable.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjSKSFZ1XsI
Its held at Olympia in England. I just love our proper Shetland Ponies. Although they look cute, please remember, no matter what the size, they are 100% horse and still bite and kick and play up just like any other horse.
     
    11-25-2012, 06:16 PM
  #33
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OP - thanks for such a lovely post
I learnt to ride on a shetland when I was very young - no reins or stirrups until I could balance myself at the trot. Its real job was as a companion to racehorses travelling on their own or turned out on their own but needed a companion that was calm. It was a devious little monster who bucked me off when I was allowed off the lunge until I learnt how to sit a buck and then never did it again.
A lot of people don't think they are suited for children but he actually never did anything dangerous - just taught me how to really ride and not be a passenger.
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    11-25-2012, 06:41 PM
  #34
Weanling
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Originally Posted by jaydee    
OP - thanks for such a lovely post
I learnt to ride on a shetland when I was very young - no reins or stirrups until I could balance myself at the trot. Its real job was as a companion to racehorses travelling on their own or turned out on their own but needed a companion that was calm. It was a devious little monster who bucked me off when I was allowed off the lunge until I learnt how to sit a buck and then never did it again.
A lot of people don't think they are suited for children but he actually never did anything dangerous - just taught me how to really ride and not be a passenger.
I think the 'not suitable for children' is a sensible myth because it stops silly parents buying them for their spoilt kids . The problem is that they look so cute and cuddly and sweet....but they aren't toys or babies. I have seen so many Shetland ponies up for sale because 'Biscuit' or 'Sandy' the pony kicked the living daylights out of little Sophie when she tried to dress it up with bows and ribbons and frilly skirts like she did to the cat! (LOL)
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    11-25-2012, 09:12 PM
  #35
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Originally Posted by Bluebird    
I think the 'not suitable for children' is a sensible myth because it stops silly parents buying them for their spoilt kids . The problem is that they look so cute and cuddly and sweet....but they aren't toys or babies. I have seen so many Shetland ponies up for sale because 'Biscuit' or 'Sandy' the pony kicked the living daylights out of little Sophie when she tried to dress it up with bows and ribbons and frilly skirts like she did to the cat! (LOL)
Yes I can relate to that!!!
In the midlands they were (along with lots of welsh ponies) worked in the pits so for a long time they were seen more as a work animal, they do have more energy than given credit for and do need a firm hand - but that can apply to most breeds too really. The one time master of our local hunt used to follow hounds in a little trap pulled by one - on the lanes of course. I will look out the photo
     
    11-26-2012, 12:58 AM
  #36
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Originally Posted by Bluebird    
Its held at Olympia in England. I just love our proper Shetland Ponies.
Yup I know. I saw the race in person about 15 years ago.
     
    11-26-2012, 10:32 AM
  #37
Trained
A trip to Olympia became the start of the real holiday season for me, Ah the good old days when it was sponsored by Dunhill and you could get free cigarettes and smoke them in the building
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    11-26-2012, 10:39 AM
  #38
Yearling
Like I said I live in Shetland have done for the last 6 years. I have a Appy cross how is 13.3hh from Yorkshire she is as tough as nails and her first winter she wasn't rugged or stabled as she wouldn't have either and came out of winter fat, there are many people that have 15hhish horses and some slightly bigger most are stabled and heavily rugged but cope fine. Nothing makes a human tougher then keeping a croft in shetland for a couple of years.
     
    11-26-2012, 10:54 AM
  #39
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When I moved to Connecticut I realised that I didnt know what cold was and we are mild compared to states that are further north and Canada!!!
     
    01-12-2013, 08:19 PM
  #40
Yearling
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