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The Welsh pony is a native breed originating from Wales in the UK, and relates to a breed with 4 different sub-types with differing qualities and features; the Welsh Section A (Welsh Mountain pony), Section B (Welsh pony), Section C (Welsh pony of cob type), and Section D (Welsh Cob).
Welsh A – The Welsh Section A must not exceed 12.2 (127cm) in the US, and 12h (122cm) in the UK. They are renowned for having dainty features, with prominent eyes, a wide forehead and a dished face reminiscent of the Arab. They come in many colours but may not be pinto. They are quick, elegant, and surefooted with typically good temperaments, making them a highly popular childrens pony.
Their dainty features make them a favourite in the show ring, but they are equally at home in harness.
The Welsh B – The ridden type is slightly larger, not exceeding 14.2 (147cm) in the US, and 13.2 (137cm) for the UK. Again they may be any colour with the exception of pinto. They possess many similar qualities and features to that of the Section A, but that this type is more widely described as a riding pony noted for its movement and hardiness.
Welsh C – This chunkier, compact pony is not to exceed 13.2 (137cm). Like the other sub-types, the section C has prominent eyes and a wide forehead, but unlike their fellow Welsh ponies, they tend to have feathering on the legs. This type was developed by crossing the section A with the section D, hence its chunkier, more cob-like appearance. They are associated with being driven in harness as well as jumping.
Welsh D – The cob is the largest of the breed. They have no upper height limit, but must measure at least 13.2 (137cm). Like the section C, they have feathering on the legs, and are hardy types with substance. Due to their height, they are popular with both adults and children, and can be driven in harness as well as ridden in a variety of disciplines; they are essentially very versatile, and have been labelled ‘the best ride and drive animal in the world.”
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