The Shetland Pony (Equus ferus caballus) is an equine, that is taxonomically the same as a horse. It is from the Shetland Isles off the coast of Scotland. It is now found worldwide.
The Shetland Pony is a a strong breed of pony. It can be any colour, but it is generally black, chestnut, grey, and dark to light brown. Its fur is thick and heavy, and it has a long, thick mane and tail to protect it from the cold winters. It has a short, stocky body with a small head, widely-spaced eyes and small ears. It has short legs. It is an odd-toed ungulate (it has a hoof with one toe).
It grows to about 70-107 centimetres (28-42 inches). Because they are small, gentle, and intelligent, they make good companions for humans.
The Shetland Pony is a grazer, eating grass.
Females are pregnant for about 340 days, before giving birth to a single live young, called a foal. The foal can stand soon after birth.
It is related to the donkey and the zebra.
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