Ponies Equus caballus var.
time I pass Mossend, Lanarkshire, I think of Barnet Covitz whose
colourful Shetland ponies used to graze on the fields nearby.
Glasgow Zoo kept and bred Shetland ponies at that time and I thought
they were beautiful creatures.
They have roamed Shetland since the time of the Vikings. During
the 19th century, thousands disappeared underground to pull carts
in coal mines the length and breadth of Britain.
Because the animals breed in many parts of the country, members
of the Shetland pony Studbook Society are spread throughout Britain.
On the Council: England have 9 members, Wales has 1, N. Ireland
has 1, Scotland has 6, & Shetland has 6. There was never any serious
question of altering the height limit. There has never been a lower
limit. The smallest Shetland stallion registered was registered
in the late 1940's, at 26.5 inches. There have been breeders from
north & south of the Border who would like to see a lower limit,
but there is no intention of making one at present. With best wishes,
Beth Mead e-mail: email@example.com
Zoopark currents hosts George Gold's fine group of Shetland ponies.
two favourite horse breeds are the Appaloosa - so beloved of Linda
McCartney - and the Akultekke.
The Appaloosa, or spotted horse, was made famous by the heroic struggles
of the Nez Perce Indians of the north-west United States, as they
tried to avoid being massacred by the US cavalry.
Eventually, Chief Joseph and most of his tribe and thousands of
their horses were slaughtered by the US cavalry after a long pursuit
just over 100 years ago.
The remnants of these wonderful horses survived in the fertile Palouse
Valley of the Green River.
The Akultekke is the brilliant golden horse made famous by the terracota
sculptures of the T'Ang Dynasty, some of which can be seen in the
There are only 2500 left today, but they are now revered and numbers
are gradually being built up.