As a new Cob lover I am a little disturbed by being told that unlike A's,B's and partbreds, which we breed, with Cobs there are two different types... one for saddle and one for harness. I find this very hard to believe. If this is so then how, pray tell, can a judge at an In Hand Show tell the difference between the two in the ring? As far as I can see there is only one breed standard for Cobs as for the other sections. I have also seen this distinction made in adverts for Cobs as well. "is harnes type" or "is saddle type". Help please!!
There are different types within each section. Different people like different things when they are breeding. I know, there is a breed standard for each section, and the types should correlate far more, but thats just the way it is.I believe that the ridden cob would historically be called a vanner and would be less typey than its in hand counterpart. But I may be wrong.