National Geographic : 1953 Oct
© Joth Topham 526 Robert Williamson Children's Shetland Ponies Still Roam the Islands Poor pasture and stern climate through the centuries helped to keep these strong, gentle ponies small. They average 40 inches in height and often live 20 years or more. In their native island they remain outdoors even during gales. Occasionally they pull small carts or carry peat (page 521). Shetland cattle, sheep, and dogs are similarly small. These ponies graze near Scalloway. Others (on pier) await export from Lerwick.