Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: South West England
Traditional cobs (or Gypsy Vanners as the americans call them) are gaining popularity here, a few years ago you couldn't give them away! Now they are sold as good quiet allrounders, up to about £5,000 for a good ridden one, more for one with a decent Traditional class showing record, and I would say £500 - £800 for a yearling.
There is some dispute as to whether they are a real breed, at the moment they are defined as a type, along with Show cobs (which I prefer), Sport horses, Hacks and Hunters.
People have a romanticised idea about Gypsys and their horses, but round here you find dead coloured cobs dumped in the canal, and starving horses tethered by the side of the road :S There are a lot of welfare issues, and problems with abandoned horses (mostly coloured cobs) and stolen horses (coloured cobs again.)
Last edited by Levade; 04-22-2011 at 03:00 PM.