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 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
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 at foot!
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