The Welsh Mountain Pony originates in Wales, Great Britain, and is the foundation for four types of Welsh ponies and cobs (divided into Sections A, B, C and D within their registry). The four types are distinguished by height and some variation of type, but the Welsh Mountain Pony?s influence shows in all three other Welsh types.
The Welsh Mountain Pony is the registry?s Section A, and the smallest of the four types. The Welsh Pony is Section B, the Welsh Pony of Cob Type is Section C, and the Welsh Cob is Section D.? The Welsh Mountain Pony was used to develop these other, larger types through outcrosses to cobs and horses, including Arabians, Thoroughbreds, and possibly Hackneys.
The Welsh Mountain Pony, considered one of the world?s most beautiful pony types, is a lovely mixture of grace and refinement with substance, stamina, and soundness. They are known for intelligence and kind temperament, and for being easy to train. The breed exhibits true pony characteristics with the look of a small Arabian ? they have small, ?dished? heads, dainty ears, and large eyes. Well-sloped shoulders, short backs, and strong hindquarters help make them very hardy.
Within different registries in different countries, the Section A Welsh Mountain Pony is restricted to different heights. In Great Britain, they cannot exceed 12 hands and in the United States, they cannot exceed 12.2 hands. Their coats are fine and silky, and they may be any solid color, including palomino, but gray, brown, and chestnut are the most common.
Welsh Mountain Ponies have worked the mines, plowed the fields, and transported farmers, hunters, and shepherds in their native land. Today, they are known for smooth, graceful movement and athletic ability in a compact package. Their influence has improved many other breeds of ponies. They are excellent children?s mounts for pleasure riding and for many show disciplines under saddle and in harness.