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