So here is a little bit of information about some British native breeds, a subject that the Novice and Intermediate Pony Clubbers now know all about.
Welsh ponies and cobs are often used as riding school horses as they have a good solid form and are generally well behaved in a school environment. Bred in the mountains and wild regions of Wales for many generations, their acknowledged beauty does not mean they are merely a ‘pretty toy’. Centuries of ‘survival of the fittest’ has ensured the sound constitution, iron hard limbs and great intelligence which combined with the legendary Welsh temperament, makes the ideal child’s pony of today.
In line with the Welsh Pony and Cob Society the Welsh Mountain Pony or Section A is under 12 hands. The Welsh Pony or Section B is under 13 hands and 2 inches. The lovely Bramble is a perfect example of a Section B pony. The Welsh Cob Type or Section C is also under 13 hands and 2 inches and a Welsh cob over 13 hands and 2 inches is known as a Section D. Milo is a perfect example of a Section D. Firm favorites with our younger riders are Timmy and Tom Tom, who are both Shetland Ponies. Despite its small size, Shetland ponies have historically been used for cultivating the land, transportation of goods and people and were heavily relied upon during Victorian times as a replacement for children in the coal mining industry. Queen Victoria herself had a number of Shetland Ponies which were used to pull the little carriages used by her children.
At the other end of the size scale is the Irish Draft Horse. In the early part of the 20th Century the Irish farmers needed a horse which was more versatile than the heavy draft horses. They needed a horse that could both work the land, be used for hunting and jump and then be able to pull the family trap to church on a Sunday morning. Beautiful Silver, one of our livery horses is a perfect example of an Irish Draught Horse.
We are currently looking at a number of new horses and ponies for the Centre and hope to be introducing them all to you soon.