dist...                       Irish Cobs

.... The Colored Irish Cob probably has as many names as colors. Most of them lack a certain respect to the Travelling Community that originally bred these kind of horses. So they are called Tinker or Gypsy Horses often.

Colored Cobs have a stout exteriour. They are strong built cold bloods. Originally they where mostly meant to pull a heavy cart. The Irish Cob Society classifies them as a "working draught horse". They are of calm character. They do not "freak out" when a tractor is pulling out on the lane. Anyway, their character is much more consistent than a throughbreeds appears. The Colored Cob is said to be the only horse bread that takes a second look and does no take to flight immediately if a dangerous situation arises. And then decides whether to stand it. What other horse could you handle with ease in the complete dark or in heavy fog? Well, except their larger relatives, the Shire or Drum Horses ...

The Colored Cob comes in many sizes and colors. They reach from approximately 13 to 16 hands height. They come from extra stout to almost crossbred exteriour. Colors stretch from roan, brown with white or black socks, black splashed, Blagdon to piebald and skewbald black and white patched or white with brown socks or even grey or light brown Palomino like or chestnut. You name it ... that is why they are called colored.

There are strong ambitions by several associations to sort out the Irish Cobs into definitions and stud books and more. In the past the original breeders did not. They needed not to do. They judged the actual horse by its properties according the task to serve and their budged instead. Today this is far from pulling a cart on the very most occasions. Use from family horse to show horse seems to be the Irish Cobs future. Especially small Cobs with compact exteriour, plenty of colours and most ever seen feather around the bonds, proud flying long mane and tail are held as show pony and as a status symbol probalby.

The Cahirmee Horse Fair, held annually in Buttevant, Co. Cork, Ireland is one of the most authentic grounds to feel the original spirit of what makes the Irish Cob a special breed.

Note: We are no professional horse dealers. The purpose of this site is to give you the opportunity to take a closer look at this interesting breed.

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