Gypsy Horses: Also known as the Gypsy Vanner this is a breed that is only about a half a century old, and is believed to have been developed by the Romany gypsy's from a combination of Freisian, Clydesdale, Shire, and Dales pony blood.
Its docile nature is a result of necessity, gypsy horses have to be patient, gentle, and quiet in order to be safe for pulling caravans. The gypsy's did not tolerate and banished any ill tempered horses.
Originally the vanner was not reconized as a breed, but the gypsy breeders bred toward the vision of the perfect caravan horse. They succeded in producing the beautiful Gypsy vanner we know today. For generations they kept their treasured horses a close secret, only passing them down like heirlooms to family members. It wasn't until 1996 that the first Gypsy vanners were imported to the US, the breed registry began that same year.
The overall general appearance of a Gypsy vanner is that of a powerful, heavy cob type with characteristics of its draft horse origins, coupled with an abundance of flowing mane, tail, and heavy feathering.
Medium to heavy bone and well muscled with a broad, sturdy, compact body, the Gypsy vanner is well suited for riding or driving. Most have a very distinctive paint coat and average between 13hh and 15.2hh.
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