The Welsh breed is thought to be a descendent of horses and ponies that lived in Wales several thousands years, and is even thought to have a trace of Arabian blood in it. They were used for various purposes, including working on farms. which caused them to develop into four types: the Welsh Mountain Pony, the Welsh Pony, the Welsh Pony of Cob Type, and the Welsh Cob.
The two smallest types of ponies, the Mountain Pony and Pony, were once used for herding sheep, with the latter also being used as transportation by farmers. The stronger, chunkier Welsh Pony of Cob Type was used when heavy loads needed to be moved. They hauled slate out of mines, worked on farms, delivered goods, and transported military equipment. The last type, called the Welsh Cob, was used for farming, cavalry, and transportation.
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Breed Description and Uses
Four types exist within the Welsh breed. Section A, also known as the Welsh Mountain Pony, is small at an average height of 12 hands high and smaller. As the name suggests, the Welsh Mountain Pony was found roaming the mountains of Wales. They have tough hooves developed from climbing mountains, strong hindquarters, a short back, a crested neck, and a small head with large eyes and tiny pointed ears. Because of their small size and gentle nature, they is used for therapy riding and for small children.
Section B is known as the Welsh Pony. They are similar to the Mountain Pony, though they are slighter bigger at a maximum of 13.2 hands high. Today, the Welsh Pony is used as a children's mount in hunter classes and driving.
The Section C Welsh Pony of Cob Type is strong and sturdy, yet small at a maximum height of 13.2 hands high. Their hindquarters and shoulders are muscular, and their refined head is carried on a high-set arched neck. Today, the Welsh Pony of Cob Type is valued as a driving horse, as well as a hunter, jumper, and trekking horse.
The Section D Welsh Cob is the tallest of the breed, standing at any height taller than 13.2 hands high. They are stockier than the Section C, with muscled hindquarters and shoulders, a high-set neck, and a pretty head. The Welsh Cob's legs have a little bit of feathering on them. Aside from being a competitive carriage horse, the Welsh Cob can do well in hunter classes and eventing.