Welsh Mountain (A)

Welsh Mountain (A)

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Welsh Mountain Pony – Section A

Centuries of ‘survival of the fittest’, has ensured a sound constitution and great intelligence. Combined with the legendary Welsh temperament this makes the Welsh Mountain Pony an ideal child’s pony of today.
Welsh Mountain Ponies also make wonderful harness ponies and feature prominently in awards nationally.
Acknowledged as one of the most beautiful of pony breeds in the World.

STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE

 

Not exceeding 12 hands high - Section A of the Stud Book
 

General Character....... Hardy, spirited and pony-like.

Colour................... Any colour

Head...................... Small, clean-cut, well set on and tapering to the muzzle.

Eyes....................... Bold.

Ears....................... Well placed, small and pointed, well up on the head, proportionately close.

Nostrils................... Prominent and open.

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

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

Shoulders................ Long and sloping well back. Withers moderately fine, but not ‘Knifey’. The humerus upright so that the foreleg is not set in under the body.

Forelegs................... Set square and true, and not tied in at the elbows.  Long, strong forearm, well developed knee, short flat bone below knees, pasterns of proportionate slope and length, feet well-shaped and round, hoofs dense.

Back and Loins........... Muscular, strong and well coupled.

Girth........................ Deep.

Ribs......................... Well sprung.

Hindquarters.............. Lengthy and fine.  Not cobby, ragged or goose-rumped.  Tail well set on and carried gaily.

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

Action...................... Quick, free and straight from the shoulder, well away in front.  Hocks well flexed with straight and powerful leverage and well under the body.