The Normandy Cob essentially began when the ancient Romans crossed the small, hardy Bidet horses with their large heavyweight mares to produce a sturdy horse for war and horse artillery. It was also for remount and for use as a light draft horse.
Through the early 20th century, two strains were started. One was a lighter, with more Thoroughbred and Norfolk Roadster blood; the second being more common today, a heavier, stockier horse for use for light draft, farm work, and carriage. It is not recognized as a breed, even though stud books are kept and breeding records are recorded.
- The Ultimate Horse Book, Elwyn Hartley Edward, 2001