Welsh Ponies At Teifi Pools Mid Wales


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Teifi Pools In The County Of Ceredigion

The Teifi Pools are a group of lakes situated approximately 4 miles East of Pontrhydfendigaid, about 1500 ft up the western slopes of the Cambrian Mountains

Together, Llyn Teifi, Llyn Hir, Llyn Gorlan, and Llyn Egnant, make up the Teifi Pools, which can be reached by footpath from the south, or by a small road from Ffair Rhos, close to Pontrhydfendigaid

There is also the opportunity to horse ride using the re-routed bridleway which replaces the former route through Ty’n Cwm farm and is still shown on current OS maps

The lakes were famed even in medieval times for the quality of trout and eel fishing. They are still fished and (since their damming in the 1950s) now provide a drinking water supply for the surrounding area and the coastal belt of Ceredigion to the West

The landscape here is stark, wild, and extraordinarily beautiful. Around the lakes there are good opportunities for walking and views down to Cors Caron (Tregaron Bog) and the Teifi Valley make it worth the effort

You may just be lucky enough to spot some Welsh ponies as well as the other wildlife that lives here

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The native ponies of Wales have been around for centuries and are known to have existed in Wales before 1600BC. It is widely believed that their breeding was influenced by the Arabian horse and later by the Thoroughbred and Hackney horses

They are tough hardy creatures having evolved from a harsh environment and were regarded as excellent all round work horses and they earnt their keep in farming, timbering and mining

The Welsh Ponies and Cobs of today are renowned throughout the world and are used extensively for many purposes

Children’s riding ponies
Pleasure riding
Trail riding
Trot racing

The Welsh Pony & Cob Society | Cymdeithas Y Merlod A’R Cobiau Cymreig

Is the breed society for the Welsh native horse breeds and they define the animals into 4 main categories:

Section A: Welsh Mountain Pony

Must not exceed 12 hands
Any colour except piebald & skewbald

Section B: Welsh Pony

Must not exceed 13.2 hands
Any colour except piebald and skewbald

In general terms they both are hardy, very sure-footed and intelligent with small heads, bold eyes and small pointy ears

Section C: Welsh Pony of Cob Type

Must not exceed 13.2 Hands
Any colour except piebald and skewbald

A stronger version of the Welsh Pony but with cob blood, also sure-footed and hardy and are very versatile, great for riding and driving

Section D: Welsh Cob

Must be over 13.2 hands – no height limit
Any colour except piebald and skewbald

Widely regarded by some as “the best ride and drive horse in the world”, a reputation that they fully deserve as they are strong and brave with endless stamina

All of the Welsh horse breeds share similar qualities, characteristics and features, in very general terms they are: –

Trustworthy with good temperament
Strong with high levels of stamina
Intelligent and quick to learn


Small heads, large bold eyes and neat ears
Sloped shoulders with short backs and strong hindquarters
Fast and free movement with a high set tail

This Article About Welsh Ponies and Cobs Was Written By Jackie Lewis
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