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Existing as a type rather than an independent breed from as early as 1600 BC, the Welsh Pony or Welsh Cob is believed to descend from the similarly conformed Celtic Pony of prehistoric times.

A number of other equines have contributed to the bloodline of the Welsh Cob, including the Thoroughbred, Hackney Horse, Yorkshire Coach Horse and the Norfolk Roadster. The breed was developed in Wales and has existed there for centuries, utilised in a number of ways from ploughing to transportation and timbering. Due to the wide variation that emerged, the Welsh Cob breed is now divided into four types or sections.

Section A, otherwise known as the Welsh Mountain Pony, is a compact horse boasting a height between 12-12.2 hands. Thought of as the ‘founding horse,’ the Section A Welsh Cob is refined and exceptionally strong, primarily used for driving and leisure riding.

Section B is a slightly larger horse (a height of up to 13.2 hands is permissible) with a lighter build. Possessing the traits of its Thoroughbred and Hackney Horse influence, the Section B is commonly seen in leisure riding as children’s ponies and in competition capacities.

Section C is a heavier horse whose conformation is heavily influenced by the Hackney, Norfolk Trotter and the Yorkshire Coach Horse. Hardy and cob-like, with feathered legs and capabilities in competition driving and jumping, the Section C is a popular mount with heavier boning much like the Section D.

Section D is the largest horse within the registry for Welsh Cob, boasting an average height of over 13.2 hands. Traditionally used for transportation as a postal horse and in the coal pits, the Section D is a strong animal with well conformed legs and a deep chest. Successful in driving, harness and hunting capacities, the Section D can easily be ridden by both children and adults.

Did you know..?

The Carneddau Mountains in Wales’ Snowdonia are home to roughly 180 semi-feral Welsh Cob horses.

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Our Welsh owners' thoughts

20130612 03:15 pm
Powys, United Kingdom

Adore this mare. Perfect horse in every way.

20140313 01:23 pm
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom

Once you're owed a welsh pony, nothing else we do :) x

20140109 12:55 pm
Surrey, United Kingdom

Merlin is a Welsh Section D now rising 7yrs, I've owned him from 12mths & he's just the best. Merlin is stubborn at times but he always tries his heart out, we have a great bond & I wouldn't be without him :-)

20120627 05:18 pm
Wiltshire, United Kingdom

I adopted a rescued section D 3 years ago, she was a handful to start with but has settled down beautifully now. Love her to bits.

20080411 09:30 pm
United Kingdom

Couldn't wish for a better horse, perfect all rounder and very capable , I adore him

20170606 08:52 pm
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom

Once you've owned a Welsh you won't go back.

20170702 08:39 pm
Cheshire, United Kingdom

Billy are section A is a amazing little pony which I bought when my children were young so he's grown with them . He's such a cutie and great with kids but he's retired now so just one of the family . I also purchased Sam for my younger daughter but he was a little strong to be honest but we wouldn't change him , he's done shows with my girls and done well also they have been showing billy for lot of years , I would say welsh ponies are great all round .

20160428 10:30 am
United Kingdom

Love my sec b, he's a lovey cheeky but sweet personality. As an Arabian owner I have to say how amazing to see the influence of the Arab in this breed, he at times looks like a mini Arab and is a strong bodied boy. Wonderful addition to our family and I can't wait to break him to ride, many adventures await us.

20180204 08:15 pm
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom

My section D can be a quirky little boy at times but you just can’t help falling in love with these gorgeous horses

20160822 04:12 pm
North somerset, United Kingdom

Fiery welsh dragon at times , quirky and full of character. A brave heart , kind eye and gorgeous

20180528 06:05 pm
Derbyshire, United Kingdom

My part bred Welsh is fantastic wouldn't be without her

20181012 07:26 am
East Sussex, United Kingdom

Dillon is ridden by my daughter. He is a very typical Welsh Section D cob - stubborn, can be very stubborn but very lovable, forward and full of fun.