History of The Gyspy Vanner Horse 

     The Gypsy Vanner Horse was brought to the United States in the early to late 90's. The breed had been discovered by Cindy and Dennis Thompson while on vacation in Europe. When they came back to America, they imported several horses, they then created the Gypsy Vanner Horse Society, the first gypsy vanner association in the United States. Since this time, several registries have been developed, yet they all represent the same thing. Gypsy Vanner Horse Society, Gypsy Horse Registry of America, Traditional Gypsy Cob Association and many more. 

Breed Standard 

 Gypsy vanners were initially bred to pull big caravans for the Gypsy people. The caravans were quite large, known in Ireland as a Vardo, A vardo is a living wagon, van, and caravan)which is a traditional horse-drawn wagon used by British Travellers as their home. Possessing a chimney, it is commonly thought of as being decorative with lots of vibrant colors, intricately carved, brightly painted, and even gilded. The tradition of the vardo is seen as a high cultural point of both artistic design and a masterpiece of wood crafters art. The heyday of the living wagon lasted for roughly 70 years, from the mid-1800s through the first two decades of the twentieth century. Not used for year-round living today, they needed stocky horses to pull them. Gypsy's are a small draft horse which is considered to be a light draft. The short back, in proportion with the whole body. 

  • broad and stocky chest 

  •  feather beginning at the knees in front and at or near the hocks in the rear that extends over the front of the hooves, abundant mane and tail. Ideal hair is straight & silky

  • sweet head, soft eye with a strong neck in symmetry with the horse’s overall look .     

 

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