There is not much to be written about the Shetland pony that is not generally known, but it is satisfactory to be able to assert that these useful little horses are making steady headway in the south of England. Possibly the Shetland is the only variety of the equine race of which specimens can be found that possess the blood of no outside cross, and it is upon the sterile moors of Shetland that this pony can be found in all its native purity. Beyond all doubt the inclemency of the climate and the poverty of the fare to which he and his ancestors have been subjected are responsible not only for the diminutive proportions of the Shetland, but for the robustness of his constitution, for no animal unless absolutely sound could exist and propagate his species amidst the hardships which have been the daily lot of the Shetland for generations. He is a sturdy, cloddy-built little animal, standing about 10 hands at the shoulder, though of course both taller and smaller specimens are to be met with in plenty, and no doubt owing to climate influences the coat of the Shetland is extremely dense. For his inches he is a marvel of strength and activity, which properties have rendered the Shetland's services invaluable in coal-mines, where the exertions of undersized animals possessed of plenty of power are most useful in bringing coal to the bottom of the shaft. This variety is being a good deal benefited by the Shetland Pony Stud-book Society, which is doing good work by interesting the public in the breed; but the inherent good qualities of the Shetland will always ensure his finding friends in all parts where his merits become properly understood, his docility and intelligence rendering him a very useful animal for the purposes of juvenile equestrians.