Ifor Lloyd’s family has been breeding Welsh Cobs for generations. We visited his stud farm, Derwen International Welsh Cob Centre in Ceredigion, a stud farm you can visit on Equitrekking Travel’s Welsh Countryside Vacation. There is a nice museum with old photos of his family’s endeavors, as well as artifacts that tell the story of the Welsh Cob’s evolution.
Ifor had some of his riders bring out two stallions and a mare. The riders and their horses pranced around a nearby field. These horses moved very well. They had big, beautiful expressive eyes, typical of the breed, and wild flowing manes.
At one point, the two riders on the stallions got a little too close to each other and the stallions decided to show their might to each other, but thankfully there was no contact involved as the riders handled their mounts quite well. My favorite part of the visit was seeing the foals with their moms run into a nearby paddock. Seeing horses outside together has such a calming effect on me. I love to see them together and happy and it is always nice to see the foals.