Breed Profiles - Welsh Section D

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Find out all about the Welsh Section D, including typical height, colours, conformation, temperament and ideal disciplines

Breed Profiles - Welsh Section D
Breed Profiles - Welsh Section D

Welsh Section D breed summary:

Origin - Wales
Height - Must be over 13.2hh in height
Colour - Any solid colour, although grey is rare
Conformation - Very distinct head shape with small head and large eyes
Ideal disciplines - Show jumping, cross-country, showing, all-rounder, driving, hunters

The Welsh cob or Welsh Section D can trace its history back to 1600BC but the Welsh cob has been recognisable since the Middle Ages. The Welsh cob combines the bloodlines from the Welsh native ponies with that of the Arabian, Hackney and Thoroughbred horse to create the horse it is today. A national stud book was established in 1901 to help protect the breed.


Welsh cobs have a very distinct head shape, with small heads and large eyes. They are very strong, with powerful hindquarters. A Welsh Section D must be over 13.2 hands in height and there is no upper limit to their size. Although they can be horse size, even the larger Welsh cobs retain the pony characteristics and looks that make them so popular in the show ring. Welsh cobs can be any solid colour although grey is rare in the section D.


Welsh cobs are renowned for being friendly and inquisitive. They do tend to be rather spirited but it is this that makes them excel in the competition ring. They are intelligent and quick to learn, making them highly trainable. Thanks to their origins in the mountains of Wales, they are exceptionally hardy and are known for their stamina.

Ideal Disciplines:

Welsh cobs are ideal for the following disciplines:

• Show jumping

• Cross country

• Showing


• Driving

• Hunters

To find out more on Welsh cobs visit The Welsh Pony and Cob Society.


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