What are Gypsy Vanners?

The Gypsy Vanner horse has traditionally been the preferred wagon and riding horse of the Romany Gypsies. The goal of the Romany breeders was to produce a well-bred horse that was gentle, strong and colorful in appearance. These horses are known for their long, flowing manes and tails and the abundant feather on their legs. They were bred to be docile enough to be handled by their children yet sturdy enough to pull the Gypsy caravans. They originated in England, Wales and Ireland.

When did they come to the United States?

The first Gypsy Vanner horse was imported to the United States in 1996 and the breed was named Gypsy Vanner. Today, there are only a few thousand Gypsy Vanners in the United States.

How big is a Gypsy Vanner Horse?

The average height is 14.2 hands. They can range from 13.2 hands to 15.3 hands.

What colors are they?

The Gypsy Vanner is not a color breed but a body type so all colors, markings and patterns are acceptable. The following names are used to describe a Gypsy Vanner's color:

   * piebald (black and white tobiano)

   * skewbald (red & white, brown & white, tri-color)

   * blagdon (solid color with white splashed up from underneath)

   * odd colored (any other color)

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What do people do with them?

Gypsy Vanners are very versatile horses. They can be used for driving, dressage, pleasure riding, trail riding, low jumping and even cutting cattle. They are excellent family pets too.

Why should I consider buying a Gypsy Vanner?

Gypsy Vanners are wonderful horses. They are friendly, intelligent, docile, athletic, colorful and strong. They are easy to train and have wonderful personalities. These horses are unique and special which is why they are gaining popularity both here in the United States and around the world.