Welsh mountain Ponies and Cobs. Palomino Pearls of the Principality. The perfect Pony and Horse. (Breyer have Models )

Exquisite Equine form

Proud Palomino Pony showing the delicately chiseled head.
Proud Palomino Pony showing the delicately chiseled head.
Working Pony demonstration.
Working Pony demonstration.
Stunningly beautiful Palomino Pony.
Stunningly beautiful Palomino Pony.
A Fine Welsh Cob.
A Fine Welsh Cob.
Ponies on the Mountain
Ponies on the Mountain

Equestrian Perfection in the Principality of Wales

Having been born and raised in beautiful Wales, I have been surrounded by horses and ponies since I can remember. As a child I used to spend time doodling ponies in the margins of my books. Thoughts of them filled most of my waking moments. My best friend, Elaine shared her life with a pretty grey Welsh Mountain Pony called Lassie. We had such fun grooming her and riding her bareback along tracks around the village of St Mellons near Cardiff where we lived. She had the pretty dished head and high tail carriage of a miniature Arabian as she was only 12 hands high (a hand is 4 ins.measured at the withers at the base of the mane) and as gentle as can be.

The little section A Welsh Mountain Pony is only one type of Welsh Pony, there is a section B pony that was bigger but essentially the same and a more sturdy pony of cob type, section C. The Welsh cob, Section D, is a much stockier, bigger altogether horse. As versatile and beautiful as can be.

Welsh mountain ponies are often left to fend for themselves on the mountains and moorlands of Wales, adding to the beauty of the landscape. They are extremely hardy. Their size and docility make them the ideal child's pony.. Other small ponies can have an attitude that makes them less than perfect for example tiny Shetland ponies can exhibit a very uneven temper. This has been well documented by the cartoonist, Thelwell. In times gone by, these ponies worked underground hauling trams full of coal in the mines.

The best place to see Welsh Ponies and Cobs is at the Royal Welsh Show held each year at its permanent site in Builth Wells in Mid Wales. Here the Welsh breeds excel in showmanship both ridden and in hand.

Welsh ponies and cobs jump like stags and perform dressage like ballet dancers. They are a joy to behold and are much prized in Wales. You only have to watch the running of the stallions at the Royal Welsh show to witness the fervour that Welsh people reserve for their equines.



The Lively Scene of the Senior Welsh Cob Stallion Class at the Royal Welsh Show

A well built and well turned out Welsh Cob.
A well built and well turned out Welsh Cob.
A dashing Pair of Welsh Cobs.......All photos courtesy of Flickr
A dashing Pair of Welsh Cobs.......All photos courtesy of Flickr

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scarytaff 6 years ago from South Wales

Classic ponies. It's great to see them in action.Good hub, Gypsy.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks for the visit scarytaff. Aren't they just? I love to see them too. I had an Arabian crossed with Welsh who lived to be 32 and active til the last. She was a golden palomino and as pretty as a picture but she jumped like a stag and was as gentle as a kitten. She had been sadly abused and I bought her from a gypsy for 300 pounds


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Joy At Home 6 years ago from United States

I was once quite taken by a Breyer model of a Welsh Cob horse, and wrote a 10-chapter novelette centered around him. It's my favorite story from those I wrote as a child.

They're amazing creatures.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Wow, Joy are you going to publish it? Welsh cobs are so beautiful in their power. We are lucky humans to share our lives with such amazing creatures.


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Joy At Home 6 years ago from United States

I've looked off and on for a suitable publisher, and I spent some time two years ago polishing and re-writing parts of the story (a 14-year-old naturally can't write from anything but a 14-year-old perspective, and this showed badly in spots). But so far, I have not pursued publishing (outside of places like Hubpages) seriously. It's time, I conclude.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author


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Joy At Home 6 years ago from United States

Thanks Gypsy. I looked the site over and it seems highly doable. I'll consider it, at any rate.

Obviously, "Emmy" hasn't been my highest priority project for some while. Something about kids and life and too many creative opportunities. My head is spinning, thinking about all the things I'd like to get done in the near future.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Well Gypsy Willow what a beautiful and well presented hub.

The third photo I am positive was taken in Aberaeron,the Welsh sea-side town where I grew up.

Thank you so much for sharing.

Take care

Eddy.


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Gypsy Willow 4 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Don't you just love these wonderful ponies? They have added so much joy to my life. Thanks for the visit.

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