Welsh Pony and Cob
The Welsh Pony and the Welsh Cob get their names from the mountainous region of Wales in Northern England from which they originate. Pre-dating the Romans, Welsh ponies could be found roaming the region, climbing mountains, leaping ravines, and running through rough terrain, resulting in the[...]
development of an extremely intelligent pony with remarkable soundness and tremendous endurance. Able to subsist on sparse vegetation and survive the severe winters, the ponies were prized by local farmers who began breeding them for use as sturdy work ponies.
Welsh Ponies were first imported to the United States in the 1880s and their popularity has grown significantly
over the years. Welsh Ponies and Cobs are well-known for their friendly personalities and even temperaments; they
are extremely intelligent and easily trained. There are four distinct types of Welsh recognized by its United States
registry. Section A, otherwise known as the Welsh Mountain Pony, may not exceed 12.2 hands (50 inches), while the
Section B Welsh Pony can be up to 14.2 hands in height. Both Section A and Section B ponies should exhibit the classic,
strong, sturdy conformation coupled with the stamina, endurance, and hardiness found in their ancestors. Even more powerful
and sturdy, Section C (Welsh Pony of Cob Type – not to exceed 13.2 hands) and Section D (Welsh Cob – exceeds 13.2 hands
with no upper height limit) should possess as much substance as possible and typically have a moderate quantity of feathering
on their lower limbs. All Welsh types can be of any color except pinto. Today, Welsh Ponies and Cobs can be found competing
in nearly every discipline, including hunters, pleasure driving, dressage, eventing, combined driving, heavy harness, and
English and Western pleasure. Welsh Ponies and Cobs are ideal for the growing child, and have the spirit and endurance to
challenge an adult; they are truly trusted companions that you will never outgrow.