The mounted infantry-horse, for which such an unprecedented demand has recently arisen, and which is likely to be even more sought after if present war conditions continue to prevail, is a smaller and cheaper animal than either of those already described. He is, in fact, a cob, a strong pony on short legs, with as much quality as can consistently be looked for in conjunction with the substance required to carry an armed man. He must have a fair shoulder and a good back, be deep through the heart and stand squarely on good legs well furnished with bone. In height he may be from 14.1 to 15.1, but 14.3 is the favorite standard with Lt.-Col. Dent. Strength is the great desideratum, but a reasonable amount of activity is indispensable.
The little horse "Hero" which took first prize in Toronto, stood 15.1, measured 7 3/4 inches below the knee and 19 1/2 around the arm; from crest to withers he was 34 inches, withers to croup 27 inches, croup to tail 15 inches. He girthed 73 inches and, as the measurements show, was an excellent type of the weight-carrying cob. Such horses can be obtained by a stout thoroughbred sire from French Canadian or other strong pony mares, or by the judicious use of the hackney horse on the smaller roadsters and on those little mares too common in Canada, resulting from the ill-advised use of the racing or rather sprinting type of thoroughbred on light mares of trotting blood or other mixed breeding.