Welsh Pony and Cob: The Welsh is a breed of pony that originated in Wales, evolving from crosses of the Welsh mountain ponies and horses introduced to the region by the Romans. The harsh winters and sparse vegetation contributed to the hardiness of the breed. They were influenced by the Arabian horse, and possibly also by the Thoroughbred and the Hackney horse.
Welsh ponies are known for their good temperament, hardiness, and free-moving gaits. Throughout its history, the Welsh has had many uses, including as a cavalry horse, a pit pony, and for farm and harness ponies. American breeders imported the ponies as early as the 1880s. George E. Brown of Aurora, Illinois appears to have been one of the first real Welsh enthusiasts, importing a large number of animals between 1884 and 1910. Mainly through his efforts the Welsh Pony and Cob Society of America was formed.
There are two sections for the Cobs and Welsh pony and stub book. The section C pony is the smaller of the two with a maximum height of 13.2 hands, while section D ponies, not having that restriction can be found as tall as 15 hands. Today, the modern Welsh Pony is used for many equestrian disciplines, both for pleasure riding and in horse show competition. It is a very popular children's riding pony. The breed ranges from 11 hands for the smallest ponies to over 15 hands for the tallest cobs. This versatile breed is very economical to keep and are easily trained. The Welsh may be any coat color except the spotted patterns such as pinto or Appaloosa. Black, chestnut and bay are the most common, but there are also duns, palominos, and Grays.
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