Welcome to Almondell Shetlands
Almondell Shetlands is a family run stud situated on the outskirts of Edinburgh, tucked away in the valley of the River Almond from which our name is derived.
My love of horses started when I was a child and my dream came true twenty years ago when I finally owned my first horse. I have since given up horse riding and missing the horses I decided to buy two ‘Shetties’ for my grand children who now like myself are also ‘hooked on Shetlands’. I loved the ponies so much that I decided to start showing them and also breeding them.
We have an established herd of registered standard ponies with excellent pedigrees boasting a variety of colours and we are now proudly producing homebred stock of show quality and substance with true native characteristics.
Shetland ponies are renowned for their hardiness and strength. Our foundation stock was carefully selected with the advice and guidance of several long established studs.
It is based on the very best breeding which, we feel provides us with good strong bone. Our black ponies are mainly Wells, Harviestoun and Lakehead bloodlines. Our coloureds are Birchmoor, Hutton and Eastlands.
Our aim is to breed ponies with correct conformation, exceptional movement, presence and a kind temperament. We pride ourselves on our Shetlands being friendly and easy to handle.
From birth every pony has plenty of attention and handling, making them well mannered and a pleasure to own. We have ponies suitable for riding, driving, in-hand showing or pets.
Through showing and breeding our ponies we have made great friends from studs north and south, whose advice and guidance has been invaluable to us.
Our ponies are well behaved and used to children. They are ideal to introduce children to ponies for the first time or to give them more confidence around animals. Having contact with animals can also have therapeutic benefits. All the pony sessions are a ‘hands on’ experience for mums and dads too!!
Our aim is to allow young children to get to know the ponies and enjoy their company in a safe and fun way. The children can have fun working closely with animals and learn to respect them at the same time. You have the option to choose whether to have the party at our premises or we can bring our ponies to your garden!
If the party is held on our premises, we can incorporate a visit to our ‘Fluffy Farm’ where the children can meet and feed our fluffy pets.
Depending on what package is chosen, the party guests will be able to groom, plait their manes, paint their hooves and have hand-led rides. We can also include pony themed games and decorating horseshoes..
We hope you enjoy our web site which is designed to promote the breed and give everyone the opportunity to own, look after and love these wonderful ponies as much as we do.
Stud visitors are always welcome but please telephone for an appointment.