Thankfully, Shetland ponies are a mere bicycle ride away now that I have a trusty steed of my own. Just follow the cycle paths in Northern Edinburgh to Cramond Brig. Edinburgh Council have a set of very useful downloadable cycling maps if you don't know what I'm talking about, or indeed if, like me, you're likely to get confused by the many obscure junctions along the way.
The ponies are right near the old bridge (a picturesque affair on its own), in a neat little field. Look, there's one:
They're a rather friendly bunch:
If a little inscrutable:
Ponies. Who knows what goes on in their furry, shaggy brains.