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WELSH MOUNTAIN PONY
SECTION A

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 Mountain Pony
     Photo supplied by Australian Pony Stud Book Society (APSB)

History:
The origin of the Welsh Mountain Pony is not clear. It is believed that during Roman times horses of eastern origin were crossed with native Welsh stock. During the 18th century Thoroughbred, Arabian and Barb blood was introduced. The eastern influence can be seen in the beautiful head, the dished profile and the big eyes and nostrils. The Welsh Mountain Pony was used for shepherding and hunting. It has lived in the harsh rugged landscape of Wales for may centuries and forms the base of all Welsh Ponies. 
The Welsh Mountain Pony, considered by may to be the most beautiful pony, is able to thrive in harsh weather conditions and on meagre rations. It has been used to improve the New Forest and the British Riding Pony. The breed is popular in many countries and has been exported to the United States, Europe, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Characteristics:
refined, handsome
Head: small head, clean cut, tapering to the muzzle; broad forehead; concave or dished profile; large eyes; small, pointed ears; prominent, open nostrils
Neck: long, well carried
Shoulders: long, sloping, well defined withers
Body: strong, muscular back; deep girth; well sprung ribs; strong loins; long, fine hindquarters
Legs: strong limbs; long, strong forearms; well developed knee; large, flat hocks
Feet: well shaped, dense, hard horn
Tail: well set; carried joyfully
Color: predominantly grey, bay, chestnut, palomino; any solid color permitted
Height: up to 12hh
Temperament: gentle, spirited, alert, friendly, intelligent, willing
Qualities: extremely hardy; straight, free action, courageous

Today:
The Welsh Mountain Ponies are popular, excellent riding ponies for children. They are also in demand for the sport of carriage driving.

 

WELSH PONY
SECTION B

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 B
     Photo supplied by Australian Pony Stud Book Society (APSB)

History:
The Welsh Pony was developed by crossing Mountain Pony mares with Arabian, small Thoroughbred and small Welsh Cob stallions to produce a quality riding pony. It was used for hunting and shepherding. It is larger than the Mountain Pony.

Characteristics:
similar to the Welsh Mountain Pony
retaining true pony characteristics
Height: up to 13.2hh
Temperament: gentle, intelligent, friendly, willing
Qualities: extremely hardy; fast; natural jumping ability

Today:
The Welsh Pony is a popular riding pony for children and successfully competing in the show ring and performance events.