Of course, Shetland ponies are universally acknowledged to be adorable, with their woolly coats, thick manes and their diminutive stature. But Munro’s fascination with the ponies goes much deeper than the cuteness factor.
She says: “The story of Shetland ponies is a story of love and survival against the odds. They are such an important part of the islands’ lives and landscapes. Because they are so intelligent and hardy, they cost little to keep. They could live out on the hill without much need of food or shelter while providing important resources for crofters.
“What I love is how these ponies of the past are still remembered, but not in a way that is nostalgic. People want to encourage and maintain historic traits of hardiness, intelligence and adaptability in the ponies they breed but they do so in a way that is responsive to individual ponies’ needs and the different opportunities available for Shetland ponies today.
"I often think that the ponies of the past are somehow still present today, in the stories of hardy croft ponies and in the bloodlines of herds on the hill today and that through working with ponies, people connect to local histories while also working towards positive island futures.”