English Cob

By PetMD Editorial on Dec. 20, 2009

The English Cob is, in fact, not a breed but a well established horse type in England that is mainly used for riding. A well-mannered horse, it is extremely suitable as a mount, whether the rider is experienced or a novice.


Physical Characteristics


The English Cob is somewhat pony-like in that it is compact, muscular, and with plenty of bone. The horse’s head is usually refined and small, standing on an elegant arched neck. The back, meanwhile, is short and girthed, and the tail is high-set. Its shoulders and quarters are sloped and rounded. On average, the horse measures 14.2 to 15.1 hands high (57-60 inches, 144-152 centimeters).


Personality and Temperament


The English Cob horse is gentle and well-mannered. Its aptitude at learning commands and its obedience nature make it an ideal mount for novice riders. However, these skills are also highly sought after by experienced riders.


History and Background


The English Cob has been in existence since the 18th century, when it was used by feudal lords and knights in battle. Commonly known as "rouncies," the English Cob were also used during times of peace, though mostly by stewards performing errands.

Today, the English Cob is used for riding and pony races. Classes are held through the British Show Hack, Cob and Riding Horse Association in England, where owners must register their English Cobs as either lightweight or heavyweight. 

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