Welsh Pony: Breed Profile and FAQ
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Welsh Pony: Breed Profile and FAQ

The Welsh pony is an all-around horse that is versatile enough for any demand required by its owner. It has the looks as well that can be a source of pride to any horse owner or horse rider, young or old.

Where It Originated

The origin of the Welsh pony, as its name indicates, is Wales in the United Kingdom, where conditions, harsh though they may be, are ideal for the evolution of a fine horse breed. This pony has a centuries-old history that dates even prior to the Romans’ conquest of England and its neighboring areas.

Over those many years, the Welsh had developed into a breed known for its extraordinary strength of character, innate intelligence and endurance. Its semi-wild environs frequented by other horse breeds also resulted in the development of four sections of this breed, as established by the Welsh Pony and Club Society in 1901.

What Its Sections Consist Of

The smallest among the quartet belongs to section A considered as the original Welsh. It is believed that this horse is a descendant of two Arabian stallions, which roamed the hills of Wales some 200 to 300 years back and bred with Andalusian, Celtic and thoroughbred horses also present in the area, thus improving the native stock.

The section B of the Welsh breed is thought to be the result of crossing mountain mares of Welsh origins with a small thoroughbred stallion. Today, this B type of Welsh is usually chosen as a riding pony for children. Section C Welsh ponies are, likewise, ideal choices for children’s trekking and hunting uses. This particular pony is even a miniaturized version of the mountain-type section B Welsh.

The section D classification was given to the Welsh Cob. This pony is slightly larger than those classified under sections B and C mountain-type ponies. The Cobs resulted from crossbreeding Welsh mountain ponies with Spanish horses. These section D Welsh are excellent trotters and are valued worldwide in the development and improvement of the trotting breed of horses.

Shared Traits and Characteristics

These different four divisions, notwithstanding, the Welsh breed sections share many similar characteristics. In general, these horses have big bold eyes and a wide forehead. They have neat, pointed ears and a short head that tapers to either a dished or concave profile. Their necks are of good length and slopes well toward a clearly defined wither. Aristocracy is expressed in their strong quarters, high-set tails and short backs.

The colors available in a Welsh selection are similarly as varied as it sections. This breed comes in solid colors, but a rarity is gray as well as buckskin and palomino.

Regardless of color, this breed is agile and nimble. It is also a natural jumper with the stamina that can be useful for shows and competitions. A Welsh is also intelligent and friendly in personality and temperament, making it highly trainable. Such qualities make this pony also suitable in harness.

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