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Shetland pony,smallest breed of horsehorse,
hoofed, herbivorous mammal now represented by a single extant genus, Equus. The term horse commonly refers only to the domestic Equus caballus and to the wild Przewalski's horse.
..... Click the link for more information. , originating in the Shetland Islands some 200 mi (322 km) N of Scotland. The Shetland resembles a miniature draft horsedraft horse
or work horse,
any breed of horse that is suited to or used for drawing heavy loads. Draft horses originated in central Europe, where their domestication preceded the Roman invasion.
..... Click the link for more information. and has long been used for working purposes. The most popular of the ponies, it has a gentle disposition and is therefore a favorite mount for children. Its official size is less than 46 in. (117 cm) high, and some Shetlands are scarcely more than 2 ft (61 cm). The coat is characteristically long and shaggy and may be any color, although many Shetlands have irregular dark and white patches.
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a very small sturdy breed of pony with a long shaggy mane and tail
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