British ponies

Profile Welshponys:

Breed: Welsh Pony
Group: Sections A, B and C: Pony / Section D: Small horse
Height: Section A: up to 122 cm; section A: up to 122 cm; section D: 137 – 155 cm
Features: differs slightly from section to section, but all have common characteristics – noble head, well set neck, strongly muscled and curved back, strong hooves, strong foundation
Coat colour:  all colours, no pinto
Character:  people-oriented, friendly, fiery but balanced Temperament
Pace:  elastic, space-consuming movements
Origin:  Great Britain, Wales
Spread:  worldwide
Suitable for:  leisure and dressage riding, driving


The right type for big and small

Beside the Shetland ponies the Welsh ponies belong to the most popular riding ponies in Germany. The dwarfs, who come from Wales in Great Britain, are often used as riding ponies for children and young people because of their friendly nature. They are very people-oriented and can build a deep connection to their rider. Once you have won the trust of the good-natured animals, you can enjoy a friendship for life. Although they are said to have a fiery temperament, Welsh ponies lack the individuality typical for the animals. The Welsh Minis impress with their balanced character and their very sociable nature. In addition, the intelligent animals are extremely willing to perform and cut a good figure as dressage and show ponies even during difficult lessons. However, not all Welsh ponies are the same in terms of character and appearance. A distinction is made between different sections, which came into being when the English Breeders’ Association was founded in 1901.

The smallest of the Welsh ponies belong to the Welsh-A. They reach a maximum size of 1.22 metres and thus belong even to the smallest pony breeds at all. The Welsh-A is the original breed, from which all further sections were developed. Also known as Welsh Mountain Ponies, these dwarfs were originally used as pit ponies in the Welsh mountains. For this they had to be very robust – a characteristic they have kept until today. These four-legged creatures, willing to work, are characterised by a high degree of surefootedness and endurance. Their attentive nature makes them perfect riding ponies for small children. Thanks to their excellent riding qualities Welsh-A also leave a lasting impression as carriage ponies. Unlike typical ponies, they look particularly elegant with their finely modelled head, large, friendly eyes and silky long hair. The medium-long neck leads to a strong, curved back. They have a broad chest and strong legs. Further characteristics are a good rib curvature and a large belt depth.

Ponies of section B are slightly larger and reach a stick size of up to 1.37 metres. This type was created by crossing Welsh Mountain ponies with Arabians and English thoroughbreds. Due to the high percentage of oriental blood, their basic gaits are naturally very well developed. They also possess an innate talent for jumping and are often used in tournaments. These cute all-rounders are versatile and are especially popular with children and young people. It should be noted, however, that there are two types within the Welsh-B – while one type is characterized by its balanced nature and compact foundation, the other is somewhat more elegant, but also much more spirited.

Welsh Pony Cobs belong to section C and present themselves with a very muscular build and a stick size of also maximum 1.37 meters. Unlike the Welsh-B, however, the Welsh-C are much more compact and heavier built. Besides Arabians, they also have cold-blooded horses as their ancestors, as in the early 20th century the breeding of a medium-sized horse was aimed at, which could also be used in agriculture and as a riding horse for adults. Like the other Welsh types, Welsh Pony Cobs appear as grey, bay, fox and black. Falcons and palominos also occur, only pintoes are undesirable. They have far more robust bodies and stronger joints than Welsh-A ponies and can therefore be ridden by adults without any problems. Further characteristic features are the melon-shaped croup together with a good habitat. Some animals may also have a slight tendency to pooch.

Last but not least there are the Welsh Cobs, which with a stick size of 1.37 to 1.55 meters already belong to the small horses. Thanks to its size, a pony of section D looks more like a horse than a pony. The combination of strong muscles and a very strong foundation make the Welsh Cobs look particularly imposing. Hence the fitting name “Cob”, because “Cob” is a Welsh term for “block” or “chunk”. This powerful, noble horse type was created by crossing cold-blooded horses, Spanish horses and carriage horses of different breeds. Nevertheless, the Welsh-D have also retained some characteristics typical of ponies, including the expressive head with a broad forehead, wide nostrils and large eyes. These good-natured four-legged friends are ideal as leisure horses for the whole family. Like their colleagues from the other sections, they impress with their versatile use in both riding and dressage.

Horse facts

Did you know? In addition to sections A, B, C and D there is also the Welsh-Partbred. To this category belong all ponies with a Welsh blood percentage and at least 12,5%. Many successful sport ponies in Germany are Welsh-Partbreds.