The Welsh pony averages nearly one hand higher than the Shetland, is less phlegmatic and hence not quite so easily handled by children as the Shetland. However, he is not vicious but more alert and quicker-motioned, which is due, possibly, to an infusion, at some time, of Oriental blood. He is a tough little fellow, as are most ponies, performing., like the mustang, feats of endurance that seem incredible. Many of them have body and neck lines which closely approach those of well-built small horses. At the same time, something of the pony build is present. When all of these characteristics are harmoniously combined, the result is a most beautiful and valuable animal. Great success has lately been achieved by some breeders in Wales by crossing a hackney-pony stallion on Welsh mountain-pony mares. See illustration (Fig. 27), hackney-pony stallion, Julius Csesar.
Fig. 25. Champion Welsh pony mare. Titor, 111/2 hands high. Owned by John Jones & Sons, Colwyn Bay, North Wales, England.
Fig. 26. Movement. Welsh pony gelding. Owned by John Jones & Sons, Colwyn Bay, North Wales, England.
Fig. 27. Julius Cesar II (5666). Owned by John Jones & Sons, Colwyn Bay, North Wales, England.