Category Archives: Horse Breeds

Horse Breeds – Shetland Pony

Shetland Pony

The Shetland Pony originated off the northeastern coast of Scotland on the wet and rugged Shetland Islands.

It is believed that the ponies are descendants of a Tundra Pony that was found in Britain during the Ice Age.

The Shetland pony was originally used as pack animal for the crofters of the region and later as pit ponies in the mines of mainland Great Britain.

Though they aren’t very plentiful in the islands anymore, their popularity has led to extensive breeding throughout the world.

Today Shetland Ponies are very popular with children, and are often the best choice for a child learning to ride.

They are quiet small and sturdy, yielding thick coats and long manes and tails indicative of their hash origin.

The most popular color is black, but Shetland ponies come in a variety of different solid colors. The Shetland pony stands between 9.3 and 10.2 hands.

(photo: mrpattersonsir)

Horse Breeds – Friesian Horse

 Friesian Horse

The history of the Friesian horse dates a long way back to Roman times where historians documented the presence of Friesians mounted at Hadrian’s Wall.

But it said that the Friesian horse first originated in the Netherlands.  And it is also known as the only indigenous horse breed from the Netherlands still present today.

For years the Friesian was known as the greatest warhorse in Europe, and in the early 20th century it gained popularity as a trotting horse after being crossed with faster breeds, which unfortunately almost destroyed the breed.

Friesian horses are always black, and usually stand between 15 and 16.3 hands.  They are most noted for their thick manes and tails, and the feathering on their lower legs.

They are popular today as carriage and harness horses, but also good for all-around riding.

(photo: fchosson)