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About Gypsy Vanner Horses

Gypsy Vanners horses originated in Ireland and England over a century ago.The were selectively breed to create a draft horse that could pull the gypsy caravans.  These horses were also selectively breed for the calm spirit and gentle nature.They were true work horse, needing little food or water during their work times.

The original horses of the Gypsy Vanner breed were breed to be half black and half white.  We call these Piebalds today. They were breed to be magnificent show stoppers.  It's an awe inspiring moment to watch a Gypsy Vanner trotting down the busy street. Each family takes such pride in their horses and they often had spirited competitions to see whose  Gypsy stallion reins supreme. 

 Standard Gypsy Conformation 

The typical Gypsy Vanner stands about 14.3 hands high, and can be most any color now.  They are prized for their arched crown back, smaller ears that curve inward, a round and correct heavy chest, thick boned legs with feathers that start at the knee in the front and the hock in the back that tent-like cover the hooves.

This horse should have a very chiseled and refined head with tapering towards the end of the muzzle, and kind, well set eyes. They should have a  short back and a very well rounded hindquarter, and a crease down the center of the hindquarter that is called "Apple Butt."  The breed should also have a very wide and thick tail that is not set too high, and it may eventually drag the ground.

Most of the history surrounding the Gypsy Vanners has been handed down verbally from generation to generation among the Gypsies.  The Gypsy families were not known for keeping written records. 

Major influences in the English breed Gypsy Horses include the Shire, Dales Pony, and the Fells Pony and the Clydesdale.The Fells and Dales are native only to that country and much resemble smaller Friesians with a bit less feathering. In Ireland where more of these horses originated, they used the Shire and the Clydesdale with more influence for refining the horse from the Highland Pony.

Gypsy MVP

If you would like to learn more about the Gypsy Vanner please contact Gypsy MVP.  The are one of America's first Gypsy Vanner breeders.  They maintain a very large stock of these horses on several different ranches in Texas.  They are known for their kind and gentle preservation of this beautiful breed.


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