Welcome to the website of Hulislaum American Shetland Ponies. At Hulislaum we breed, raise, train, and love 100% pure-bred, top show quality American Shetland Ponies, as registered in the American Shetland Pony Club (ASPC) studbook.

Our website provides background information on this wonderful small horse breed. We bring you a virtual tour of our farm and a virtual display of our horses. At times we offer some of our high quality horses for sale. So please don't forget to check out our sales list as well.

Enjoy your visit and please come again.

Jeroen en Kim Leijten
Hulsel, The Netherlands.


Our Story

Our story begins in 2004. On the search for animals to raise on the old farm that would become our new home, I came across the small equine known as the American Miniature Horse on the internet. And so our journey began.

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The American Shetland Pony

The American Shetland Pony is a far cry from the chubby, short-legged, small ponies many rode in their youth. Years of careful selective breeding and crosses with other more refined horse breeds - a process that dates back to the 1880s - created a true show pony that is leggy and elegant, has a pretty head and slender neck, and that exhibits graceful movement.

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The American Miniature Horse

The result of nearly 400 years of selective breeding, historians tend to support the Miniature Horse breed as a derivative of many sources. In prehistoric times small horse breeds were most likely the products of surviving harsh natural climates and limited feed. Today, knowledge of genetics has made the possibility of breeding specifically for size a reality.

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The American Miniature Horse Registry (AMHR)

The American Miniature Horse Registration (AMHR) is a sister organisation of the American Shetland Pony Club (ASPC) and is the oldest miniature horse registry in the USA. The AMHR divides miniature horses into two categories: horses up to 34" tall are classified as A-division or "under" horses, whereas horses between 34" and 38" tall are classified as B-division or "over" horses.

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