The Welsh cob or section D is the largest of the breeds.
The breed was formed by crossing section A pony mares, with Roman imports and Spanish and Barb type horses.
The breed society for the Welsh breeds has four sections, primarily distinguished by height, but also by variations in type: the Welsh Mountain Pony (Section A), the Welsh Pony (Section B), the Welsh Pony of Cob Type (Section C), and the Section D.
Welsh ponies and cobs are known for their good temperament, hardiness, and free-moving gaits.
The breed stands between 14.2 and 15.2hh (147 – 157cm) and may be of any solid colour.
Piebald and skewbald cannot be registered.
It is a very versatile horse previously used for pulling guns and equipment and were ridden by the infantry and also used for farm work.
Stallion licensing was introduced in 1918 and the finest stallions were identified by competing in trotting contests.
Today the breed is used for riding and harness driving, hunting, trekking, showing under saddle and in hand, hunting along with jumping.
It is a good all round, grand horse and is famous for its great powers of endurance, and high stepping trot.
It is a low maintenance and economical horse known as a good “doer horse” (it is easy to keep and thrives on small amounts of feed).
The face is dished and attractive, that looks like a pony’s with large wide set eyes, open nostrils on a strong arched neck.
The hindquarters are powerful with short muscular legs with high knee action, that carry some feather.
Their movement is bold, free, and characteristically fast, especially at the trot, with great power coming from the hocks.
The breed is intelligent, kind, brave and willing.
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