Alert and Strong.
This breed is the smallest pony breed of the British Isles, but also the strongest of its size. The breed developed over the rugged Shetland Islands, just 100 miles off the northeast coast of Scotland. The extreme geographic isolation of the islands contributed greatly to the development of the breed. Small and muscular in stature, the pony exhibits small and alert ears, intelligent eyes, sloping shoulders, and well-set neck. The aptitude of this breed extends to riding, light draft and agricultural work, jumping, and showing.