The Gypsy Vanner Gallops Along


The Gypsy Vanner

A very unique looking breed of horse is known as the Gypsy Vanner. The Vanner has other names such as the Gypsy Cob, Irish Cob Tinker Horse, or Gypsy Horse. However, they all have the same beautiful look. The Gypsy Vanner originally came from the islands of Great Britain and Ireland. The horse was not considered a specialized breed until 1996 when it was registered by the Traditional Gypsy Cob Association (TGCA).

Caravans Are Pulled By The Horse

 …a beautiful horse

In approximately 1850, the traveling people in the British Isles started to use a special type of horse to pull their caravans. The caravans were fairly new for the people, and they had just begun to live and travel. During the following years, the look and color of the breed were refined. This breed arrived in the United States in 1996. Dennis and Cindy Thompson were the first known owners of the Gypsy Horse to North America. The breed was unnamed, so they chose the name “Vanner.” 

Training The Gypsy Vanner

The breed begins training at an early age. The young horse is tied with a short rope to another horse. Sometimes an old hat is placed on the horse’s head to prevent him from seeing back. The horse is trained not to stop in the middle of a hill; instead, it must reach the top. This is because if it stops, it may not be capable of starting again. Once prepared, this breed can pull a caravan due to the exercise it receives, the grazing, and the good quality care it receives. A Gypsy Vanner could not have a bad temper. It would not be tolerated since the children of the family live in such close proximity.

Galloping along – the Gypsy Vanner

It Is A Strong Horse

The Gypsy Vanner stands about 52 to 64 inches (13 to 16 hands) in height. In Ireland and continental Europe, these horses usually grow larger in height. The breed sports long hairs on the legs referred to as “feathering.” It also has a lengthy mane, compared to other horses, and a long, fluffy tail. The face should is straight. The neck is strong, muscular, and of medium length. The chest is broad, deep, and well-muscled. The breed is known for the “well-sloped shoulders. The strong hindquarter of the Gypsy Vanner is that of a small draught horse. It is designed for strength and power while also presenting class, presence, and style. Some refer to their rear end as an “apple butt.”

The Gypsy Vanner is not often seen in most parts of the United States. It is believed that this will be different in the future as they become more popular.