Cobs are often considered as the most suitable horses for beginners, but not all of them are fit for first-time horse owners. The Welsh Section D, for example, can be quite fiery and a sharp ride, and would not be classified as an ideal choice of mount for a less than capable or confident rider.
Cobs are one of the most popular riding horses in the UK. They are hardy, versatile, able to turn their hoof to most things from low level dressage and eventing, to winning at the Horse of the Year Show, or to driving and hacking along roads and trails.
Here are 11 horse breeds that are traditionally strong fits for first-time owners:
- American Quarter Horse.
- American Paint Horse.
- Morgan Horse.
- Tennessee Walking Horse.
- Icelandic Horse.
Cobs are renowned for their versatility. Commonly assumed to be sedate and sensible, a fit cob can equally be forward going, fast, fiery and fun. They will take most disciplines in their stride and are often capable jumpers.
There is a certain stubbornness to the Cob personality that comes into play when you're trying to get the horse to do something it doesn't want to do. This makes it easier to overfeed these horses because many owners bring the feed from the stall to the Cob.
Cobs are used as pleasure riding horses, in the sport of field hunting and in harness. When shown, they often have their mane hogged or roached. This practice harks back to the time when it was more practical to keep the mane out of the way of reins and harness than fussing over braiding it.
Gypsy Vanner, Irish Cob, and Gypsy Cob are the same horse.
There is no difference between a Gypsy Cob and a Gypsy Vanner horse. The horses the Gypsy's developed over the years weren't known as a specific breed. Americans formed the first breed registry for the Gypsy horses.
American Quarter Horse
Generally regarded as one of the calmest and quietest of all horse breeds, the American Quarter Horse is so-named for its ability to run a quarter-mile in the shortest time. As well as being lightning fast, this horse is one of the most popular breeds in the world.
The right age horse for beginning riders can vary because, just like people, all horses aren't the same and mature differently. But generally, a beginner should get a horse at least ten years old and well trained.
The Paso Fino is known as "the smoothest riding horse in the world." 2. Paso Finos' unique gait is natural and super-smooth.
Keeping a horse in top condition requires about two hours of exercise every day, whether it be led or ridden. To keep the back and girth regions toned, the horse should be saddled and ridden regularly. Both circulation and digestion are improved by exercise.
Cobs are just about the easiest types of horses to maintain. They can usually live outside all year round – with the occasional rug when the temperature drops below freezing– and, as long as the grass is good, they don't need much in the way of supplementary food.
Cobs can…do anything. Cobs are the ultimate “have a go” horses. Correctly schooled by a rider who believes in them, they can do dressage to a high standard; Sam Turner's 14hh Billy Wizz, who competes at Prix St George, has his own fan club.
HoneyChop Calm and Shine is a blend of high fibre oat straw, dried grass, marigold, nettle, mint, camomile and oil which can help towards a shiny coat and added condition. It is a low sugar dressed short chopped oat straw with added dried grass.
Thoroughbred: 30-35+ years. Trakehner: 30-35+ years. Walkaloosa: 30-35+ years. Welsh Cob: 35+ years.
Friesian horses typically only live sixteen years. These horses are gracious, athletic, and beautiful, but they also don't have long lives. One of the reasons for their shortened lives is the amount of inbreeding.
On average, a domestic horse will normally achieve a running speed of around 30 miles per hour (mph). However, this doesn't mean that this is their full speed, and it is perfectly possible for horses to be trained to build up their stamina to the point where they are able to achieve running speeds of 40 mph or more.
Breed wise coldblood horses encompass the draught breeds–such as Shires, Percherons, Ardennes, and Suffolk Punches. Sometimes the description is broadened to include heavy cobs and riding types such as Icelandic ponies and Friesian horses.
Processed corn is safe and easy to digest for horses. You can also provide alternatives like cracked corn, steam flaked, or rolled corn.
The difference between a cob bridle and a full size bridle is the cob bridle is a smaller size for a smaller horse.