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Mountain and Moorland Showing > Welsh Cob : Section D

Welsh  Cob: Section D


Breed Standard

General Character - Strong, hardy and active with pony character and as much substance as possible.

Height - No upper height limit.

Colour & Markings - Any colour except piebald and skewbald.

Head - Full of quality and pony character. A coarse head and roman nose are most objectionable

Jaws and Throat - Clean and finely-cut, with ample room at the angle of jaw

Neck - Lengthy, well carried and moderately lean in the case of mares, but inclined to be cresty in the case of mature stallions

Shoulders - Strong but well laid back

Forelegs - Set square and true and not tied in at the elbows. Long strong forearm. Well developed knees with an abundance of bone below them. Pasterns of proportionate slope and length. Feet well shaped and round. Hooves dense. When in the rough a moderate quantity of silky feather is not objected to, but coarse, wiry hair is a definite objection

Body - Muscular, strong and well coupled back and loins. Deep girth with well sprung ribs

Hindquarters - Lengthy and strong. Ragged or drooping quarters are objectionable. Tail well set on.

Hind Legs - Second thighs strong and muscular. Hocks to be large, flat and clean with points prominent, to turn neither inwards nor outwards. The hind leg not be too bent. The hock not to be set behind a line from the point of the quarter to the fetlock joint. Pasterns of propostionate slope and length. Feet well shaped and hooves dense.

Action - Free, true and forcible. The knee should be bent and the whole foreleg should be extended straight from the shoulder abd as far forward as possible in the trot. Hocks flexed under the body with straight and powerful leverage

Trimming rules for showing

Must be shown in as natural a state as possible, manes and tails must not be plaited with the exception of a single long plait behind the ear.

Animals, 3 years old and under must not be body clipped for showing purposes. Animals 4 years old or over, which have been clipped for winter activities can be shown. Fresh clipping for spring shows is not permissible.  Legs must not be clipped.

Long hair under the jawline and those protruding from the ears may be trimmed off leaving as natural a line as possible. The whiskers around the muzzle may be trimmed.

If the mane and tail are very thick, they can be discreetly thinned to show off the topline and the hindquarters. The tail should look natural and should not be “banged” (levelled off square).

Tack for In Hand showing

White webbing halters are the norm for youngstock and adult females, although smart leather bridles can also be worn. Stallions and colts 2yrs and over must be suitably bitted and shown in a leather bridle.

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