I think they're adorable, and I've heard they have great personalities. However, I'm not willing to pay new vehicle prices for an animal merely because it's the horse du jour, has some mystical, made-up history, or because it has more hair than Fabio.
I feel the same way about Friesians, so save your ranting because you think I have some sort of hate-on for GVs.
Once people stop thinking they've bought into some fairy fantasy, maybe the price on these breeds will drop down to more reasonable levels.
I'd love to know, where anyone can purchase a new vehicle, for $3,500, Speed Racer.
Please know also, that I believe a the moment, there are probably close to 40,000 Gypsy Horses in the US. 99.9% of us, do NOT think our horse are mystical. We rather laugh at those who do have such silliness, on their websites. There again, I've also seen such things on the websites of other breeds, but nobody seems to complain about them.
Gypsy Horses have been known in the US, for about 30 years now. However, until one person decided to make a registry for them and give it the rather unwelcome name of 'Vanner', few had heard of them. His tremendous advertising campaigns and prices to match, upset many in other breeds. The old word 'Vanner' in the UK, was a name given to any breed of horse, which pulled a van. The men who drove those vans, were also called 'vanners'. This was of course, in the days before automobiles. Small or large, delivery carts were known as vans. Some old timers, still call all horses which pull something, vanners. And again, the vast majority of Gypsy owners across the world, do NOT call their horses, vanners. The Gypsies themselves hate the word, since they apply it to horses of lesser quality, (they call them half-leggers) sold off and not used for breeding. However, due to a huge advetising budget and unfortunately much misinformation put about a few years ago, the name has stuck in the minds of the American public.
Just as in other breeds, serious fanciers love our Gypsies. You will never find a Gypsy Horse owner, running down the breeds of others or the prices asked, yet on such forums as this, we constantly see people running down the Gypsy Horse, the prices asked and constantly making fun of a few who have something silly, written on their websites.