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    07-13-2014, 01:41 PM
The Wonderful Cob

Is it just me who thinks cobs are totally underrated? Whether it be a lovely chunky Irish cob or a pretty, elegant welsh cob, there's so much variety in colour, size and temperament! Cobs can jump, event, do dressage, or otherwise make fantastic hackers, and (most) are kind, calm and sensible, the ultimate all-round horse! Plus, I love the look No one size fits all, but there truly is a cob for everyone! Here's some links to my gorgeous boy, he's a (slightly overweight) Irish cob - (gyspsy vanner, tinker horse, gypsy cob etc), I'd love to see pics if you have them! Let's show our cobs a bit of appreciation!
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    07-13-2014, 04:03 PM
Just a book I recommend here, as you might like it... Called Cobs Can!
Its really really good.
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    07-13-2014, 06:04 PM
Nice horse! I'm very impressed at how clean you keep those feathers too, I'm way too impatient to deal with all of that. Do you find he gets itchy in the summer?

I don't think they're underrated at all, but I have noticed that our term 'Cob' is a bit of a catch-all that doesn't translate in North America. They have the recently invented Gypsy Vanner registry created from stock from the UK, and then there's the newly invented Drum Horse registry, and quite possible others.

What in the UK we would describe proudly as a 'Cob' with no breeding papers at all, might here be described (somewhat dismissively) as a 'Grade Horse' ie. A cross breed of unknown origin.

Long live the solid, sensible, stubborn, cheeky, well-boned honest Cob!
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    07-13-2014, 06:28 PM
That book looks great, I'll definitely have a look!
I'm from the UK as well, where I find cobs *seem* to be far more common than breeds and types such as stock horses, arabs etc, especially around the riding school circuits, and it has lead a lot of people to describe their horse as 'just a cob' - in truth, they can have as much potential as many other breeds! If you find things different where you are, that's great! I'm speaking from a very small demographic...
As far as the feathers are concerned, unfortunately at the moment we have very limited turnout so their maintenance is much easier, I try to brush and comb them out every day and with a bit of conditioner, which seems to help with stains too! I think a for lot of people it's too much effort and they just shave them off!
I find if I keep the hair well maintained and plait his main up, he doesn't mind the hair too much - and the big mane and tail provide great fly protection!
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    07-14-2014, 03:15 PM
Green Broke
They are small but mighty creatures. I learned to ride in Germany, mostly on fancy WBs but there were a few Welsh Cobs in the mix too. They are truly the best "can do anything" type of horse. They can make little kids feel safe and take an AA into the show ring and succeed. I once competed in an agility competition with this little cob mare named Tora. We came in 1st out of 10. The 10 included a Holsteiner and a Trakehner. We left them in the dust!
    07-14-2014, 03:18 PM
Green Broke
Picture of Tora

Here she is; the incredible Tora:
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    07-14-2014, 05:53 PM
She looks sweet! I bet she had a personality to match
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    07-18-2014, 01:01 PM
I absolutely love them. I wish someone would bring some over because im sure they would make a hit. I absolutely love them because how versatile they are, and who can pass on feathers-they are absolutely fabulous. If I ever lived in the UK I would for sure own at least one if not a couple of them.
    07-19-2014, 10:56 AM
Originally Posted by My2Geldings    
I wish someone would bring some over because im sure they would make a hit.
They have done - invented the Gypsy Vanner registry, and charge a fortune for them.
    07-19-2014, 11:18 AM
Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie    
They have done - invented the Gypsy Vanner registry, and charge a fortune for them.
lol... Over here, gypsy banners are a dime a dozen. We have THOUSANDS of the yokes roaming the streets, in rescue centres, and fly grazing in Dublin city. They are absolutely everywhere. And nobody wants them.

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