May 23, 2022 5:06 pm

Horses – Nuts About Cobs

No matter what level you compete at or what type of horse you favour, there is one type that has universal appeal, and Builders North Wales  that is the cob. They’re the horse that puts a smile on your face, whether you’re looking for a showing star, a riding club all-rounder, a horse who can find a fifth leg out hunting or a partner for the lower levels of affiliated dressage and show jumping.

Cobs are chunky, cheeky and addictive. Whatever you do, there’s a cob to suit, whether it’s the strimmed and trimmed show variety or one with flowing mane, tail and feathers. With the exception of the Welsh section D or Welsh Cob, which is a breed, cobs are a type. They originated as relatively small, workmanlike horses who could pull a trap to market one day and carry a rider out hunting the next and it’s this versatility that helps make them so popular.


A show cob in the classic sense is a deep-bodied horse with relatively short legs and plenty of bone. They can be lightweight and able to carry up to 14st or heavyweight and able to carry more than 14st. In both cases they should exceed 148cm but not be over 155cm. Traditionally, it’s shown with a hogged mane to display its powerful neck.

Maxi cobs, which from this year have their own final at HOYS, must exceed 155cm but at the same time, they must be true to cob type.

The Welsh Section D is a native breed and excels in all disciplines, under saddle and in harness. It must have true pony character and be over 13.2hh, though there’s no upper height limit.

The Welsh Section C is officially a pony of cob type that must not exceed 13.2hh. Both breeds may be of any colour except piebald or skewbald.

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