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A lot of wonderful animals living next to people for many years are presented in Kyiv Zoo. Shetland ponies originated in the Shetland and Orkney Islands of Atlantic Ocean. Currently Shetland ponies are found worldwide.

This is one of the oldest breeds of horses. Shetlands range in size from a minimum height of approximately 65 cm to an official maximum height of 110 cm. Shetland ponies have heavy coats, short legs and are considered quite intelligent. They are a very strong breed of pony, used for riding, driving, and pack purposes.

Today, Shetlands are ridden by children and are shown by both children and adults at horse shows in harness driving classes as well as for pleasure driving outside of the show ring. Shetlands are ridden by small children at horse shows, in riding schools and for pleasure. They are seen working in commercial settings such as fairs or carnivals to provide short rides for visitors.

Shetland ponies are herbivores. In stables they feed on grass hay, oats and bran. Like eating apples and carrots. Ponies can be of different suits; most common are ripple, crow and gray.

Gestation is 11 months. In a few minutes after birth the foal starts learning walking. Life span is up to 45 years.

Interesting fact: In the history of the Olympic Games, ponies took part in them twice.

Author of the text and photos
Maryna Shkvyria, PhD

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