BREED PROFILE » BY KIM KLIMEK
That mountainous, sparse
countryside allowed only the
strongest, sturdiest ponies and
cobs to survive, and they soon
became favored on the farms and
cobblestone streets of Wales. The
admiration of their athleticism
and spirited personalities in
recreational riding and driving
sports continues today. Enjoyed
by both children and adults, Welsh
Ponies and Cobs are seen in hunter,
driving and dressage competition,
as well as pleasure riding.
Fortunately, you don’t have to
go to Wales to enjoy one of the four
types of Welsh Pony and Cob. You
can thank the horse lovers who
began importing the breed to the
United States in the late 1800s.
The craggy terrain of the Welsh countryside has kept the
human population localized to the coastlines. However, for
the native Welsh Pony and Cob, it has historically been a
perfectly suitable home.
The Fab Four
With four distinct sections in the Welsh Pony
breed, there’s something for everyone.
The Welsh Pony of Cob Type is
a sturdy, versatile type for both
children and adults that stands 13. 2
hands and under.