Welsh Pony and Cob Horses
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The Welsh Pony and Cob are a group of four closely related horse breeds including both pony and cob types, which originated in Wales in the United Kingdom. The four sections within the breed society for the Welsh breeds are primarily distinguished by height, but also by variations in type: the Welsh Mountain Pony, the Welsh Pony, the Welsh Pony of Cob Type, and the Welsh Cob. Welsh ponies and cobs are known for their good temperament, hardiness, and free-moving gaits.

Native ponies existed in Wales before 1600 BC, and a Welsh-type cob was known as early as the Middle Ages. They were influenced by Arabian horses, and possibly also by Thoroughbred and Hackney horses. In 1901, the first stud book for the Welsh breeds was established in the United Kingdom, and in 1907 another registry was established in the United States. Interest in the breed declined during the Great Depression, but revived in the 1950s. Throughout their history, the Welsh breeds have had many uses, including as cavalry horses, pit ponies, and as working farm animal.  

Today, Welsh Pony and Cob breeds are used for many equestrian competitive disciplines, including showing, jumping and driving, as well as for pleasure riding, trekking and trail riding. Also the smaller types are popular children's ponies. Welsh-type horses crosses well with many other breeds and have influenced the development of many British and American horse and pony breeds.

Welsh Pony and Cob Horses Associations


The Performance Horse Registry The Performance Horse Registry - www.usef.org


The United States Hunter Jumper Association The United States Hunter Jumper Association - www.ushja.org


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