The Irish Cob is a horse breed available Star Stable Online.
"The Irish Cob originates from Ireland. A powerful horse with a calm temperament, the breed developed from the horses used by Irish Travelers in the old days to drag carts and wagons. The horse is friendly and easily trainable, known for it’s work spirit, and fits most uses.
The Irish Cob is often pinto colored but exists in all colors. The size varies within the breed; some can be almost the size of a pony while others the size of a workhorse. One exceptional feature is the extensive hoof hair as well as its long mane and tail." - Gen 1 Model Description - Star Stable Online
"There is magic in the air when you see a majestic Irish Cob trotting over a field, its voluminous mane and feathering blowing in the wind. While its sheer size can seem quite intimidating, one look into a Irish Cob's, warm eyes and you know, you've found a friend for life!
A horse originally bred by Roma in Ireland to pull their heavy caravans through the countryside Irish Cob, had to be a very strong, reliable, and robust companion, able to live on little food and endure any wind and weather. A mix of three different horse breeds, the Irish Cob inherited its size and kind temperament from the Shire horse, its stregth and agility from the Clydesdale, and its hardiness from the Dales Pony.
The Roma liked their caravans colorful and richly decorated, and naturally their horses had to be real showstoppers, too. The Irish Cob was the perfect match, rocking not only a magnificent mane and tail, and extravagant feathering, but also a distinct piebald coat. Irish Cob enthusiasts on Jorvik have taken this even further, introducing a variety of colorings to the breed. With the right grooming, they can even sport a distinctive beard!
Known for its extraordinarily calm and gentle temperament, the Irish Cob can be both, a patient partner for new riders or even a therapy horse, helping you overcome any obstacle! On Jorvik, the Irish Cob is especially popular with the druids of Valedale, who have refined the breed for cold resistance. Its thick and fluffy feathering keeps it warm and makes the Irish Cob into the ideal companion for expeditions into Jorvik's icier expanses
A horse that sports dramatic look and goes with you through thick and thin, the Irish Cob will be a loyal friend for snowy riding adventures!
(Note: Because of its magnificent feathering, this breed won't display leg wraps.)" - Gen 3 description - Star Stable Online
Colors, Pricing, and Location
Generation 1The Gen 1 Model was first teased on SSO's Youtube channel and news board May 28, 2014, with a release date of June 4, 2014 being announced. The first three variations were released were released that update day, with another two being released July 2, 2014 and the final variation released July 30, of that same year.SC and can all be found in Ferdinand's Horse Market.
- Black Pinto
- Chestnut Pinto
- Light Grey
- Silver Dapple
- Sun Bleached Black
The Gen 3 model was first teased July 24, 2019, during a live-streamed studio tour of SSO's headquarters where a preliminary model and texture file were shown by the developers. On November 25, 2019 the finalized models were teased on social media accounts of collaborating game masters and prominent players. A formal teaser image was released on SSO's media accounts November 26, 2019, with a release date stated to be some time in December of the same year. On December 2, 2019 the Gen 3 model was teased in a video on SSO's social media advertising the Winter Village. The Gen 3 model was again teased with a poster image On December 3, 2019, across SSO's social media, advertising the Light Ride and on SSO's Winter 2019 background used for most of their accounts. An official trailer for the breed was shown on December 9, 2019 with a release date given of December 18th of that same year. The first three variations were released on this date, with another set of three released January 15, 2020.
There are seven variations of the Gen 3 Irish Cobs and the 6 available coats can all be found at Valedale Village in the following colors::
- Black Pinto
- Chestnut Pinto
- Dapple Grey - Unavailable
- Palomino Sabino
- Seal Brown Pinto
- Silver Dapple Pinto
- The Irish Cob originally went by the breed name "Tinker Horse", however it was changed sometime around April 15, 2020. An explanation given by SSO in their April 22, 2020 news article stated, "...we are more aware that 'Tinker' is not a friendly term in many countries."
- "Tinker" can be seen as a derogatory term for Irish Travelers, and thus the Irish Cob is generally not called by this name anywhere other than the Netherlands.
- The name Gypsy Vanner (a more popular term in North America for the breed) was also most likely looked over for the very same reason.
- While Irish Cobs can come in practically every coat color under the sun, the most commonly seen colors are Pinto variations. Known as Piebald (black and white) and Skewbald (colored and white) in most European countries.
- It is a common misconception that Irish Cobs are draft horses. However Cob horses are actually short, steady and stout types originally bred for pulling carts. They are generally used for riding nowadays.
- The Silver Dapple Pinto is the first horse in-game to have sectoral heterochromatic (irises that contain two or more colors) eyes.
- The Gen 3 Chestnut Pinto was modeled after a horse that, prominent player and SSO content producer, Esmeralda Silverforce, rides. 
- Irish Cobs were the first horses whose leg wraps could not be seen when used.
- Irish Cobs were also the first horse in the game to have a heavy-set/strong build, similar to work/farm horses.
- The Gen 1 Irish Cobs share their model with the Gen 1 North Swedish horses, but they aren't resistant to the Valley of The Hidden Dinosaur's cold, like the North Swedish horses.