The Welsh Section Pony Breed A to D

The Welsh Section Pony Breed

Wales has a rich heritage of native ponies and the Welsh Pony Stud Book is divided into four sections.

The Welsh Mountain Pony (Sec.A) was produced by crossing the Arabian with the Celtic Pony.

The Welsh Mountain Pony (Sec.B) was crossed with a small Thoroughbred called Merlin to produce the Welsh Pony.

Horse Breeds - Welsh Section Pony

The Welsh Pony (Section C) and the Welsh Cob (Section D) differ only in size and were probably the result of crosses of the Welsh Mountain Pony with Spanish horses and possibly the now extinct Old Welsh Carthorse.

Welsh Section A – Mountain Pony

The Section A Welsh Pony is also known as the Welsh Mountain pony. An animal of great beauty and refinement, he has the substance, stamina and soundness of his ancestors. Well known for their friendly personalities and even temperaments, they are extremely intelligent and easily trained.

Welsh Section A ponies are characterized by the following traits.

  • Colour: any solid colour. No piebald or skewbald
  • Height: up to 12.2 hands.
  • Conformation:
    • A large bold eye, tiny head, short back, strong quarters, high set on tail and fine hair.
    • Hocks that do not turn in,
    • Laid back shoulder,
    • Straight foreleg and short cannon bone.
  • Character: intelligent, spirited, kind.
  • Common Uses: riding, breeding, driving

Welsh Section B – Pony

With all the physical and personality characteristics of the Section A, this section of the Welsh Pony was originally added to meet the demand for a larger riding type pony.

Section B ponies do not exceed 14.2hh but have no lower height limit.

They are well known for their elegant movement and athletic ability but still retain the substance and hardiness of their foundation, the Section A.

  • Colour: any solid colour.
  • Height: up to 13.2 hands.
  • Conformation: very similar to Section A but taller, lighter build.
  • Character: intelligence, spirited, kind.
  • Common Uses: riding pony

Welsh Section C – A Pony of Cob Type

The Section C is also known as the Welsh Pony of Cob Type. They may not exceed 13.2hh and may be any color except piebald or skewbald.

Both sections of Welsh Cobs are characterized as being Strong, hardy and active with pony character and as much substance as possible.

  • Colour: any solid colour. No piebald or skewbald
  • Height: up to 13.2 hands.
  • Conformation: Bold eyes, strong laid back shoulders, dense hooves, a moderate quantity of silky feather, lengthy hindquarters, and powerful hocks.
  • Character: intelligence, spirited, kind.
  • Common Uses: riding pony

Welsh Section D – Pony Cob

The Section D (Welsh Cob) exceeds 13.2hh with no upper limit on height.

A strong and powerful animal, both the Sections C and D, have gentle natures and are extremely hardy. An ideal mount or driving animal for many adults and children.

The Section D has become a popular choice for dressage, combined training and combined driving.

  • Colour: any solid colour.
  • Height: no upper limits.
  • Conformation: bold, prominent eyes, broad head,, strong limbs, heard wearing joints, abundance of flat bone.
  • Character: courageous, powerful, agile.
  • Common Uses: riding or driving
Todays Welsh Section Pony and Cob types can be found competing in nearly every discipline, including; Hunter Classes, Driving, Dressage, Combined Training, Combined Driving, English & Western Pleasure and also heavy harness.