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post #1 of 4 Old 07-18-2016, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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Shetland Ponies

Does anyone here have shetland ponies? Why is it I've heard that people don't like them? Is it best to keep them with other shetland ponies or horses their size. I have a 15 yr old adopted shetland gelding (his age is approximate) He is a great little guy. I have bonded way
more with him than with my mare who I adopted the same time. I have been considering rehoming my mare and getting another shetland his size. My mare likes to push him around and he is really gets nervous around her. I thought it might be better for him. Thanks....
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-18-2016, 03:10 PM
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Unfortunately too many Shetlands have been purchased by people who know nothing about horses, been terribly mishandled and spoiled, and thus are PIA's to be around. When my daughter was 4 yo and wanted her own "horse" for her size, I lucked out finding a well-trained Shetland mare that took great care of her tiny rider. She was pastured with my working ranch horses and did fine in that herd.

By contrast we now have 2 miniature horses that we would never put in with our riding horses. One of the mini's challenges the alpha mare across the fence, so he'd be in danger out with her if she kicked or ran over him.

In your little herd of 2, the mare is alpha so he moves out of her way-----this is normal horse hierarchy behavior where the dominant horse will push the subordinate horse around. Unless she is kicking and biting the Shetland to the point he is covered in marks, it's not a concern. Just make sure to fed them separately for grain if they do get any so he gets his fair share and that you put out several piles of hay so she can't run him off of all of it. Watch that he gets a chance to drink too since some horses will guard the water tank.
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-22-2016, 09:39 PM
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I have an amazing Shetland pony mare that is just fantastic and a joy to be around. I got her from a friend who pulled her out of a feed lot and she was dumped with what we believe was a pony ride string. She does have the tell tale white bumps from ill fitting tack but she does not have any issue and has been a great pony for my daughter to ride and drive.

I believe many people get ponies not realizing that they require training and boundaries and not allowed to be treat hogs who get pushy or aggressive. Prissy our pony has a job, she drives and is in training for CDEs with my 16 yo daughter. They are a fantastic pair and Prissy is a joy to drive. I love Shetlands they have big personalities in such fuzzy bodies.
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post #4 of 4 Old 07-23-2016, 12:16 PM
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I grew up hearing about horrible Shetlands where. LOL My mom had bought one for my brother. Mom has no horse sense whatsoever. The pony knew it and took full advantage. Mom sold the pony to a very horse oriented gal. That pony was an incredible pony!

I had donkeys for years and then my oldest fell in love with a very naughty pony. I understood him due to having had donkeys. We took him on and dd has shaped him into a decent pony. He isn't to be trusted with non-horse people but he is great for people he knows wont let him get away with anything.

Since then we have taken on a number of ponies, they enjoyable as long as you make them toe the line.
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