The Irish Cob - history & information about the irish cob
The Irish Cob is compact and powerful, ample both in muscle and bone, yet, with an ability to perform as a good all-purpose animal. Some Irish Cobs tend to be more "stocky" than others. The Irish Cob is well balanced and proportioned, standing straight and square and offering an imposing appearance. General appearance including topline relates to animals in good condition.
In trot, a fairly exaggerated high front action which involves both the shoulders and the forelegs is desirable to allow for the typical Irish Cob action. Also referred to as ‘step’, this action when present, offers extra presence and style which gives even the heavier animals a "light" appearance when moving. Some Irish Cobs tend to "flick" their lower front legs a little to each side when trotting. This "flicking" should not be confused with "winding" (also called "dishing") which is a fault. As long as the degree of flicking is uniform on both legs and is not over exaggerated, it is regarded as quite typical and acceptable. The general movement and action of an Irish Cob should be level with a good length of stride which is both straight and active.
For Irish Cob inspections it is preferred if the leg hair is not clipped out or trimmed. The mane can be plaited or hogged but, it is preferable if both mane and tail can be left free and natural.
Irish Cobs are divided into height sections for showing purposes only
Section A Horses - - - - over 159cms and up to 170cms.
Section B Small Horses - - over 148cms and up to 159cms.
Section C Ponies - - - - -148cms and under.
For Irish Cob showing in hand classes, the mane, tail and leg hair should be left as natural as possible. However, plaiting and trimming may help to show off some animals to greater benefit. The moustache, a feature of the Irish Cob may be trimmed if desired by exhibitors.
For Irish Cob riding classes, the mane, tail and leg hair can be left free and natural, or, the legs can be clipped out and manes hogged or plaited if desired.
For Irish Cob Driving Classes, the mane, tail and leg hair can be left free and natural, or, the legs can be clipped out and manes hogged or plaited if desired.
NOTE: Cob classes as distinct from Irish Cob classes are "open" Cob classes and are presently judged under the rules of the British Show Hack, Cob and Riding Horse Association.
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