What is the difference between a shire and a cob?
However, there are some key differences that set these beautiful horses apart. Shire horses and Clydesdales are both draft horses, but they are different breeds. Clydesdales originate in Scotland, whereas Shires are from England. Shires tend to be taller, more muscular, and have thicker coats compared to Clydesdales.
Is a cob a Shire?
Cob Characteristics They often have copious manes and tails and leg feathering, similar to the Clydesdale or Shire horse. There is no real size specification for cobs, but generally, they are of riding horse height—under 16 hands.
Is an Irish Cob the same as a gypsy cob?
Generally, in the US, Gypsy Horse, Gypsy Cob and Gypsy Vanner all refer to the same horse. They are sometimes called Irish Cob or Irish Tinker in Europe. It should be noted that not all horses raised by gypsies are selectively bred or part of the breed.
Should cobs be hogged?
If you have a show cob / maxi cob you will want to hog the mane, and to give the appearance of a pulled tail and take off all the feathers.
Are Shire horses gentle?
In their native country of England, Shire horses – the world’s largest horses – are also known as gentle giants. In contrast to their impressive appearance, they are a very gentle breed. They have a well-balanced nature, they are highly reliable and form close relationships with their owner or rider.
Why are cobs hogged?
The forelock isn’t always cut and may be left long depending on the reason for hogging and breed tradition. The question of whether to hog a cob or not is a very common dilemma! Hogging is required to show cobs in certain classes and can also make a particularly rugged cob look much neater.
What is maxi cob?
A maxi cob is more than 155cm but must be of true cob type. There is a recommended height limit of 160cms and judges must pay particular attention to type.