12-14-2012, 12:09 AM
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A 'vanner' is any breed, which in the old days, pulled any type of cart or wagon. Ie. Delivery carts. They could be from light pony types, to very heavy draft breeds. Delivery carts were called 'vans' - hence the vanner names. Those who drove the carts, were also known as vanners.
In the old days in London, they even had 'Vanner baths', where those who drove carts, could wash their horses at the end of the day's work.
The Gypsy breeders in the UK, do not approve of the name.