Shetland pony


: any of a breed of small stocky hardy ponies that originated in the Shetland Islands

Examples of Shetland pony in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a boy, Larry McMurtry rode Polecat, a Shetland pony with a mean streak and a habit of dragging him through mesquite thickets. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 18 Sep. 2023 The Pipes and Drums of 4 SCOTS also performed at the ceremony, where the King met Corporal Cruachan IV, a Shetland pony who serves as the mascot of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 23 Aug. 2023 Present at the ceremony was the Royal Regiment of Scotland's mascot, Shetland pony Corporal Cruachan IV. Town & Country, 21 Aug. 2023 Queen Elizabeth was known as a lifelong horse lover, starting at age 4 when she was gifted a Shetland pony. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 10 Aug. 2023 Older sister Lilly, now 3, was the first white Shetland pony born at the ranch. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 12 July 2023 Bagpipes, kilts, drums and a Shetland pony named Corporal Cruachan IV marched down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile on Wednesday to honor King Charles III. Danica Kirka, USA TODAY, 5 July 2023 The coronation procession in Scotland began with a pony — a Shetland pony to be precise, named Cpl. Karla Adam, Washington Post, 5 July 2023 Pumuckel may only be 20 inches tall, but the three-year-old Shetland pony has high aspirations. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 8 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Shetland pony was in 1801

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“Shetland pony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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Shetland pony

Shet·​land pony
: any of a breed of small strong short-legged ponies developed in the Shetland Islands and having a thick coat and long mane and tail

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