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    02-01-2013, 08:48 PM
gypsy horse?

I am not a huge fan of the breed but I don't know much about it, so I might be under informed on them. I have meet a few. They were various sizes, very furry/hairy and very expensive. I know there is some dis-agreement about whether they are vanners or drum horses. The majority I see are black/white pintos and I am confused about that. Is it just the predominant pattern or is it the most desired pattern? The ones I have met have been nice horses temperament wise; however, I am confused as to how they are used. I know originally they were cart horses. I don't see many being used for cart or harness work. I sometimes see them undersaddle but more often people are just walking them around. I find it confusing because while its an old breed its also a new breed. In that the traveler (gypsies) have been breeding them for hundreds of years; however, only recently have they become really popular.
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    02-01-2013, 09:14 PM
The gypsy horse can be any size shape pattern or color. It's more of a type of horse with heavy bone and feather. I personally love them though I'm biased... I've always been partial to draft horses but, I don't enjoy paying more for tack, farrier, taller/larger trailers, etc... Gypsy's are the perfect size for me horse sized, with a draft personality, and generally super friendly (though any horse can be)... I've seen tons of these horses doing anything from side saddle to harness work (part of my reason for buying a gypsy horse)personally I'm trying to work my filly into harness so maybe you should look around some more. Rarely do I see owners just walking their horses around I believe I read somewhere that statistically gypsy owners show their horses more than many other breeds with many times the registered numbers.

Also, the price of the breed is pretty reasonable now a days, high quality horses are selling for extremely discounted to what they were just a few years ago... Not to mention when you compare to back in the mid '80s when everyone was all hyped up about arabs and they ended up selling on average for over $100,000
    02-01-2013, 10:27 PM
So, I guess I don't the differences between heigh classes. I know miniatures have different height classes and are the differences between vanners, drums and gypsy horses the same way of dividing a breed by height?

I don't want to come off as bashing the breed. I respect those that have them and they seem like nice horses. I don't anticipate owning one, for the same reason I would never own a fresian there is something I don't love about them. I don't connect with the breed, if that makes sense. That's not the point, I want to learn more about the breed because I think its interesting and I don't know much about them.
    02-02-2013, 12:08 AM
Gypsy's can do lots of things. Besides pull carts, there's been some in jumping, western and dressage.

There's a stallion in our area we have had the pleasure to meet.


He is a dressage horse. WONDERFUL temperament on him.

Western horse.

They are quite versatile IMO. But this is where my knowledge ends. I like them as a breed and hubby and I were interested in them for endurance/trail but decided there was too much hair to take care of. Also, they are still quite pricey from what we've run across. You can get crosses fairly reasonable but purebreds are still selling real high where we are at.
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    02-02-2013, 04:59 AM
Vanners aren't really a legit term. It was coined to create a registry/marketing hype for the breed in the usa... Gypsy horse/gypsy cob/irish cob/etc are the equivalent of what most people think is a "gypsy vanner" a drum horse is a mix between a gypsy horse and shire/clyde. There aren't any recognized size classes and to my knowledge are also no recognized mini gypsy horses. As I said before they can be all sizes however generally they are around 12.2-16hh.
    02-02-2013, 09:00 AM
We have a lot of small Gypsy horses here in England - ironically they are popular with Irish travellers They have massive horse fairs where they buy, sell and trade horses. They are beautiful breed but I don't really know much about their specs.
    02-02-2013, 02:42 PM
Rookie, you have been already given lots of info here. Read through our entire website and it will tell you just about anything you need to know.

    02-02-2013, 02:57 PM
"Also, the price of the breed is pretty reasonable now a days, high quality horses are selling for extremely discounted to what they were just a few years ago... Not to mention when you compare to back in the mid '80s when everyone was all hyped up about arabs and they ended up selling on average for over $100,000"

Whoa! Arabs at Scottsdale sales went for that but not the average horse...not by a long shot. Darn it all!!!!
    02-02-2013, 03:39 PM
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In the Uk they tend to just be called coloured cobs, they come in ahuge variety of sizes but shoud have plenty of bone. Cheap as chips here as they are so common.
    02-02-2013, 04:43 PM
A ton of difference between just any old coloured cob and a true Gypsy Cob/horse, Clava.

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