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post #11 of 18 Old 02-20-2012, 04:49 PM
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It probably should be pointed out that Gypsy's are a relatively new introduction to the US so the OP having an 18-20 year old one when she was a kid is probably kinda unlikely.

I definitely agree with Gin.
Another option is that she was some kind of draft mixed with a Shetland (to account for her small size), where there's a will, there's a way! haha
Or, there's always the option of draft x generic pinto mutt pony. Mutt ponys seem to be relatively common as kid's horses...

She was adorable, whatever she was!

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It probably should be pointed out that Gypsy's are a relatively new introduction to the US so the OP having an 18-20 year old one when she was a kid is probably kinda unlikely.
I think I just got called old...

Without giving away my exact age, she would have been born 50 years ago. If the Gypsies are relatively new in the US, it's unlikely that what would have been an exotic breed at the time would have made its way to the outback of Idaho, only to be abused and forgotten. But she sure did look a lot like CinnyWinny's first pic from the rennaissance fair, though. Looking into the Gypsy history a bit, it sounds like they originated from crosses between the English draft horses and dales ponies. It seems to make sense that if a farmer in Idaho crossed one of their smaller draft horses with a local pony (paint, POA, Shetland), that a horse looking very similar to a Gypsy could result, could it not? I think I'll tell my girls that she was a draft crossed with something small and very sweet. She protected me as if I were one of her foals.
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She is adorable
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She is adorable
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I think I just got called old...
It was unintentional!

Since, according to Google, the first [registered, so I suppose unregistered horses could have been brought earlier...] Gypsy horse was imported to the US in 1996, it would be unlikely for anyone to have an 18-20 year old Gypsy cross even currently!

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It seems to make sense that if a farmer in Idaho crossed one of their smaller draft horses with a local pony (paint, POA, Shetland), that a horse looking very similar to a Gypsy could result, could it not? I think I'll tell my girls that she was a draft crossed with something small and very sweet. She protected me as if I were one of her foals.
That seems very likely to me and it's a fun story to tell your girls!
She sounds like she was such a sweetheart. :)
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If she was here in Britain we'd just call her a cob and leave it at that since it's a general term that covers a type but I would agree with the people who said some type of draft crossed with a Paint/Pinto.

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freia.. in the photo of her being ridden. toward the jump? i think? it looks like she is gaiting? correct? honestly she has a very mustang type build. not to mention the jumping part. i have a mustang without a brand.. so it is very possible. her movement reminded me the most of my girl.
her build and movement reminds me alot of the photo i took of my mustang.

and a regular trot.

and just standing around


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I think a mustang or cross is likely. She has some draft in her, but then many mustangs do. It jives with her being neglected and left on your doorstep as well. She sounds like she was a great little kid's horse, and your kids will like that she may have been descended from the wild horses.
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