HORSE BREEDS: WELSH PONY & COB
Welsh ponies and cobs originally developed thousands of years ago in the hills and valleys of Wales. The rugged terrain, harsh weather conditions and limited food supply resulted in a strong, adaptable animal suited for a great number of roles. From farm work in its original home in Wales, to serving as a popular child’s mount and show ring competitor today, Welsh ponies and cobs have evolved to suit any number of needs.
Welsh ponies and cobs first arrived in the United States in the late 1800s. The Welsh Pony & Cob Society of American was formed in the early 1900s. The terms pony and cob refer primarily to the various sizes of these Wales natives. Four main sections of the breed registry are used to distinguish the sizes: Section A Welsh Ponies are up to 12.2 hands; Section B Welsh Ponies are up to 14.2 hands; Section C Welsh Pony of Cob Type are up to 13.2 hands; and Section D Welsh Cob are over 13.2 hands.
What Do A Welsh Pony And Cob Look Like?
The overall look of Welsh ponies and cobs is one of beauty, athleticism, strength and refinement. The head is chiseled with large, wide eyes, medium-length neck, short back and strong hindquarters. The Section A and B Welsh ponies tend to be more refined, with finer bone and a more elegant look. Section C – Welsh Ponies of Cob Type – typically have somewhat heavier bone and a stockier appearance and must be under 13.2 hands. Section D Welsh Cobs share the stockier build of Section C and must be over 13.2 hands.
Welsh ponies and cobs come in a variety of typical coat colors, including chestnut, bay, black and gray. Brown and palomino are also common, however Welsh ponies and cobs never have pinto markings (white on the body). White face and leg markings are allowed and are fairly common.
Today’s Welsh ponies and cobs can be found in numerous horse sports, including dressage, hunters, eventing, carriage driving, English and western pleasure and more. For more information, visit https://wpcsa.org.