Both Welsh Draft Ponies and Welsh Cobs
originated in hills and valleys of Wales. The pony, smaller than
the cob, was often used hauling coal from Welsch coal mines and logs
from the forest. The larger cob often helped farm the land and
The Welsh ponies and cobs survived, in hiding,
an edict of Henry VII that all horses under 15 hands be
The Welsh pony is adaptable, loves people, responds well to proper treatment and discipline and has the spirit and endurance to rise to challenges. He is unperturbed by the various climates in North America.The Welsh pony carries a trace of Arabian blood. He may be any color: black, gray, bay, roan, cream, or chestnut. He can never be piebald or skewbald.
Welsh ponies were imported by American breeders as early as the 1889s. 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. Principally through his efforts and those of John Alexander, The Welsh Pony & Cob (the word "Cob" was dropped in 1946) Society of America was formed and certification for the establishment of a breed registry was issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on July 30, 1907.
The Welsh Cob, shares all these characteristics of the pony, excepting that he is generally over 15 hands tall.
He crosses especially well with the
Thoroughbred to produce hunters,
jumpers and event horses or with the Arab to get a riding pony
with more bone and substance. At one time cob mares were in great
demand as the foundation for Polo Ponies to obtain the agility
and nimbleness necessary.
Any color is allowed - except piebald or skewbald. Chestnut, bay, brown and black are most usual. Greys are rare, but there are a number of duns, palominos and creams.
The Welsh Cob is beyond doubt the most versatile of animals in existence and long ago established a reputation as the best ride and drive animal in the world.