Endiku, please have a look through this thread The Shetland Pony
Particularly the photos to compare the difference between the breeds then you might start to understand how a badly handled, evil Shetland can be as dangerous as a big horse.
I'm taking dressage lessons on one of the farms breeding stallions. He's as sweet as anything. Doesn't mean I'm any less firm than I am with the mares or geldings. Wouldn't particularly want a stallion as a "pet" though. Way too much hormonal stuff going on.
(side note: I'm so glad the advertisement next to the quick reply box is an ad for Halo CE for the PC and not Halo 4...I'd abandon the site until the craze blew over)
I realize that a pony, miniature, or shetland can be very dangerous- and admit to not knowing much about british shetlands (though actually, just as a note- I HAVE handled one before. He was imported to our state for a breeding program and he was lovely.) Really, if they are as dangerous as a full sized stallion, I believe that this would be even more reason not to trust even a miniature stallion with children. You may think that they are predictable but they just arent. Some will go their entire lives with 'clean record' but others that I have heard of have not. In fact, I have a friend who has a lovely dutch warmblood stallion. Gentle as a kitten for years and she let friends ride him. He hacked out with mares and was a perfect gentleman. He schooled second level dressage. One day though, he just snapped. A mare was in the arena with him and he dumped my friend, kicking at her ribs (4 broken) and galloping off towards the mare. He kicked three other handlers trying to catch him as well.
We have two studs at the moment on our farm, a miniature horse and a jack. No one will less than 4 years experience with horses is allowed to go in their pens or touch them, and they are stabled away from all of our other animals on the other side of the creek. They are well behaved stallions, but letting a child sit on their back or lead them? It would possibly be disasterous. If I am not alert at every moment, even though they are sweeties, they will take the chance to push me around. Imagine them doing that to a kid.
You don't know my stallion, my little sister did walk him around and ride him, with me there all the time until he hurt his eye as he now has a little bit of a trust issue with anyone that could be a vet. But he would never hurt anyone, when we were bringing him back into harness he freak out and my mum got tangled up in the lines and he could have easily have trampled her to death any other pony probably would have but even in the midst of his freaking out he never toached her. When he hurt his eye he got weekly vet visits, he couldn't see and he eye was saw so didn't want anyone around his eye so he would rear but never at someone only when there was an open space. This same fella I can let loose on the drive with no gates or cattle grids to keep him in, go in the house to grap something come back and he would still be where I left him. This stallion is one of very few ponies I trust completely not matter what even when he is running with mares, you can walk him upto mare and he will quitely walk away when asked like there is no one there. It depends on the temprement and training of the stallion.
He looks like he is going to killer her now doesn't he.
Look, I'm not telling you that you have a dangerous horse. Maybe he IS one of the VERY few that mostly use their heads, not their hormones, to think. Its your choice whether or not you think it is risky to do certain things. All that I am saying is that seeing that we don't know ANYTHING about the horse in question that the OP is asking about, it is likely not a good idea to advise in getting him on the premisis that he might, possibly be one of the safer stallions.
I'de like to comment that I owned a mini stud ( 9.3hh) from the time he was 6 months to when we had to sell him at 4 yrs..... He had some extra spunk, but was a WONDERFUL kids horse!! I didn't mean to start a war on here, as I see that everyone has a diff. Opinion.
Thanks for your time everyone :)
I'll post a pic of the stud in a few min. -- thanks