Originally Posted by Clava
But no-one calls them Gypsy Vanners do they? They are usually just called cobs and yes they are very common and often as cheap as chips. They are useful horses and great weight carries, they can give some good bone to finer breeds and a cob cross would always be my preference.
Welsh Cobs are completely different and only the D usually gets called a cob.
Personally , they are not fast enough for me.
over here, everyone-believe it or not- just calls them "those dreadful coloured things!". Shorten that to "coloured cobs". Tbh, there are FAR too many of them, and as people have no use for them (they do tend to be verrryy heavy) in eventing or dressage etc. The competition person here likes alot of blood in their horses. The travelling community uses them for sulky driving, but even they prefer a finer built horse.
*disclaimer*- I'm not discrediting the gypsy cob. I DO think they are great horses, but all the same, there needs to be fewer, better quality bred ones, suitable for SOMETHING. At the moment, they haven't found their niche amongst the blood horses and ponies.