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WELSH COB
SECTION D

The Welsh Pony and Cob Society Stud Book recognizes two pony breeds Section A and B and two Cobs Section C and D.
 

Origin:
Europe -
United Kingdom (Wales)

    Welsh Pony Section D
    Photo supplied by Australian Pony Stud Book Society (APSB)

History:
In the 12th century horses of eastern origin imported by the Crusaders were crossed with local ponies. The breed was also influence by Arabians, Yorkshire Coach Horses and the Norfolk Roadster. A sound, tough, spirited and courageous pony developed with a good temperament well suited for heavy work on hill farms, going well under saddle and in harness. It was in popular demand by the army as an infantry mount and for pulling guns and other heavy equipment. The Welsh Cob inherited its amazing trotting action from the Norfolk Roadster and breeding stock was selected by the means of trotting matches until 1918 when stallion licensing was introduced.
The Welsh Cob is the larger version of the Welsh Mountain Pony. The Welsh Pony and Cob Society Stud Book has classified the Welsh Cob as Section D. There is no upper hight limit but it should retain true pony characteristics including its quality head.

Characteristics:
Head:
quality pony head; broad forehead; bold, widely set eyes; well set ears
Neck: long, well carried
Shoulders: strong, well laid back
Body: strong, deep, muscular; muscular hindquarters; depth through the girth
Legs: short, powerful limbs; large, flat joints; long, strong forearms; strong muscular second thighs
Feet: well shaped
Color: any color except piebald and skewbald
Height: above 13.2hh, usually 14.2 to 15.2hh
Temperament: good, spirited, friendly
Qualities: enormous strength and hardiness; sound; courage; agile; free, straight, forceful action; active paces

Today:
The Welsh Cob is a great all-round performer and popular in the show ring and in great demand. It is also very successful in the sport of carriage driving at international level.

 

WELSH COB TYPE
SECTION C

The Welsh Pony and Cob Society Stud Book recognizes two pony breeds Section A and B and two Cobs Section C and D.
 

Origin:
Europe - United Kingdom (Wales)

    Welsh Pony Section C
    Photo supplied by Australian Pony Stud Book Society (APSB)

History:
By crossing Welsh Mountain Pony mares with small Welsh Cobs a smaller version of the Welsh Cob developed classified as Section C by the Welsh Pony and Cob Society Stud Book. It is stronger than the Welsh Pony.
The pony was used by hill farmers and to transport slate from the mines of North Wales. It almost became extinct after World War II.

Characteristics:
similar to the Welsh Cob
Height: up to 13.2hh
Temperament: good, friendly
Qualities: very hardy, sure footed, active, natural jumper

Today:
The Welsh Pony is an excellent riding pony for children and adults. They are popular as trekking and hunting ponies and excel in harness driving.