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    07-22-2011, 10:59 PM
  #31
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I love Gypsy Vanners and so I found this online for you guys, it states GV are not a small breed only and can come in any size. Mini, classic, and grand, however, the average size is 14-15hh. CHeck it out:
" There are three different registry classifications for the breed, based on height. If the horse is under 14 hands (56 inches, 142 cm), it is considered to be a "mini Gypsy". If the horse is 14-15.2 hands high, it is known as a "classic Gypsy", and if the breed is 15.2 or taller, it is known as a "grand Gypsy".[4] In 2004, the breed became recognized by the United States Dressage Federation All Breeds Program, and can win breed-specific awards whenever it wins a dressage event or any event sponsored by the USDF.[3]"
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Mountain View Vanner Ranch - HISTORY OF THE GYPSY HORSE Horse
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    07-22-2011, 11:30 PM
  #32
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Originally Posted by pinkswagger26    
I love Gypsy Vanners and so I found this online for you guys, it states GV are not a small breed only and can come in any size. Mini, classic, and grand, however, the average size is 14-15hh. CHeck it out:
" There are three different registry classifications for the breed, based on height. If the horse is under 14 hands (56 inches, 142 cm), it is considered to be a "mini Gypsy". If the horse is 14-15.2 hands high, it is known as a "classic Gypsy", and if the breed is 15.2 or taller, it is known as a "grand Gypsy".
Please remember, that only one registry, designates sizes such as this. They also call their Gypsies 'Vanners'. The vast majority of Gypsy owners across the world, are not registered within this registry, do not call their horses Vanners and do not call the individual sizes by the names you quoted.

Lizzie
     
    07-23-2011, 06:15 AM
  #33
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Please remember, that only one registry, designates sizes such as this. They also call their Gypsies 'Vanners'. The vast majority of Gypsy owners across the world, are not registered within this registry, do not call their horses Vanners and do not call the individual sizes by the names you quoted.
Lizzie is absolutely right. Correct me if I am wrong Lizzie, but they are also called Irish Cobs, Irish Tinker, Gypsy Cob. Probably a few other names as well. When crossed with a draft they are called a Gypsy Drum. The breed was developed in Europe by the Romany people. These people were called travelers or Gypsy's. The breed was developed, in a sense, from the horses that were left behind and not taken into military service. That is why so many are paints as that coloration is not desireable by military. They bred them to be very calm as the children of the Romany people often cared for the horses. They liked the flashy look, and used them to pull their wagon home or "Varda"
     
    07-23-2011, 11:45 AM
  #34
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You are almost correct Nokota.

The Irish who lived on the road, were called Travellers. The Gypsies in England were known as Romany. Two completely separate peoples.

The homes on wheels in which they travelled, were called Vardos, although they really only travelled in these brightly coloured vardos or caravans, for a relatively short time in their history. Before that, they travelled on flat carts and when stopping for the night, would make 'bender tents' to sleep in. These made from bent tree branches, as the name would suggest, and covered with blankets.

Gypsy Horses crossed with Clydesdales or Shires are known as Drum Horses.

The Gypsies developed their horses from many breeds. Certainly Shires and Clydesdales (which were all one breed years ago) went into their makeup. Also several different breeds of ponies and others whom we will never know.

Lizzie
     

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