As far as I know there arent too many other gypsy horses in the area..though we do have them passing through on the way to appleby horse fair. When I bought him he was just 14.2 and just grew and grew! Lol though I tend to keep him hidden away when they are about as in my area coloureds like him are being stolen to order, they often stop and offer me money for him..like £10,000!! It seems they like the larger ones..but not much bigger than him as he would fit between the shafts of a cart perfectly, and be strong enough to work all day. The gypsies I've spoken to about him seem to think he's by a vanner, out of a vanner, rather than a small heavy x with a cob type or all the other variations that may leave you with this type of horse..though as I got him auction with no known parentage I will never know. :)
I don't blame you for keeping him hidden. The reason you probably don't see the large herds of good Gypsies in your area, is for the same reason. The breeders we mostly purchase from in the US, keep their herds far from public roads most usually.
Have you shaved his feather at some point, or does he just not grow much? If what I see in the pic, is the most he usually has, then he could have been a Gypsy cross Shire or Clyde. This would make him a Drum Horse.
People don't realise that the Gypsies do pay huge money for their horses, between each other in the UK. Mostly a great deal more than we pay in the US. And these are not those horses with a bit of colour, one sees in fields by the side of the road. I know of a filly who sold for sixty thousand pounds and several others which sold for much more.
My daughter went to Appleby a couple of years ago. The mare she wanted was sold for an enormous sum, so she came home empty handed. She also saw a filly she wanted and couldn't afford. However, that filly was purchased eventually and brought to the US by someone else. My daughter was then lucky enough to purchase her.
Would you be interested in having him DNA'd in our world wide Gypsy data base? Who knows, you might even find out his background. If so, pm me and I'll give you the details.
In these pics he didnt have his full feather..and he always has less leg hair with his summer coat. He was hogged and de feathered for his auction and I've spent the last few years growing stuff back so his mane is down to his shoulders now..yeah! Would be interested in having him dna'd if its not too pricey..
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.)