Strong and Gentle Shetlands
When is a horse a pony？
Horses are measured in hands：one hand equals 4 inches.The height of a horse is measured from the ground to the highest point of the withers（the part of a horse's back between its shoulder blades）. Any horse under 14 hands 2 inches（58inches）is a pony.
By this definition, a baby horse is not a pony；baby horses are called foals.Horses that do not develop to roughly the same size as the rest of their breed are not ponies either.Underdeveloped horses are called runts.
There are more than twenty breeds of ponies in the world.The bestknown are the Shetlands, the smallest of all breeds, which average a little less than 10 hands, about 39 inches.
Shetlands were first used in England as work animals in coal mines, because they were strong.They are also gentle, and may be trained to be good pets.