I love the original shetlands. American Shetlands aren't. They simply aren't shetlands. They are Hackney looking things. Pretty in their own way, but they don't deserve the shetland name. I think that the american "anything" is getting to refined... America is getting too refined! lol But, I always love having a little more bone to my horses/ponies. And I like them to have a sweet attitude with a little spark when needed.