are small (about one meter from the ground to wither) but strong for their size. Ancient equids
had lived in Shetland
since the Bronze Age
, and were later crossed with ponies imported by Norse
invaders. The resulting Shetland ponies were domesticated by the islanders, and many of them were imported to mainland Britain
at the time of the Industrial Revolution
to work in coal
mines. Some of these animals were exported to the American mid-west to work in the coal mines there.
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