About Welsh Cob Horses
Welsh cob Horses have the overall proportions of Welsh
Mountain Ponies but are much larger. They stand from 13.2hh with no upper
height limit. They stand with arched neck, four legs in a square, and a well
set tail held with pride. Their feet are well shaped and as hard as nails
ensuring longevity – the old saying “no foot, no horse” still holds true today.
They have a very well laid-back shoulder with a long slope which ensures a
comfortable horse to ride. In movement they use their whole foreleg which
extends forward from the elbow with strength; the front legs have short cannons
with a good amount of flat bone so as to reduce tendon injuries. They have a
deep girth which allows adults to ride them without looking out of place. Their
width across the hips is broad, the loin strong and the lumbo-sacral joint is
flexible which allows for great jumping ability.
|Welsh Cob filly foal and mare (Photo from Carolynn West)|
Welsh Cobs have a pony-like head with a large eye set wide –
this reduces the instance of spookiness as the eyes have almost 360 degrees
visibility when set prominently on the head. They are highly intelligent, have
small neat ears, and a slight dish to the face. The mane and tail hair is very
fine, and fine feather is present from mid-cannon to the hooves. They come in
all colors except skewbald and piebald.
The old vernacular description of a Welsh cob is “a head
like a Duchess and a farewell like a cook” which is exemplified in this photo
at right of Ballytruckle Cleopatra with filly foal Ballytruckle Hot Chocolate
Content and Photo Source: New Zealand Rare Breeds (www.rarebreeds.co.nz )