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post #1 of 39 Old 02-16-2017, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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What are your thoughts about buying a Gypsy Vanner as a first horse?

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post #2 of 39 Old 02-16-2017, 02:00 PM
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They're insanely expensive, most are around 13hh, they can do basic riding but usually don't excel in any sport (they are fun to drive and pleasure ride, I've even seen a few to compete in low level eventing). Farrier care will cost a lot. But overall, they're not a hyper breed, not usually spooky. You're usually paying for color and hair rather than a good minded, well trained horse.
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post #3 of 39 Old 02-16-2017, 06:07 PM
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I agree with Southern Grace. They are a TON of maintenance because of all the hair. They tend to get scratches easy if you're not careful and keep them in a dry paddock or stall. They also don't all look like what you see in the pictures. Some have more hair than others and it takes a LOT of brushing and maintenance to keep it fluffy and silky like you see in the pictures. They tend to be heavy movers who are, like Southern Grace said, not really masters of any discipline. You have to remember that they were bred to pull wagons and be the occasional short-term mount. Vanners tend to be smaller, while drums tend to be in the 15hh range. But, drums are harder to find, so therefore cost more.

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a friend breeds Gypsy Cobs. They are nice tempered, people oriented, easy keepers, fun, low level all around horses. Hers ride, drive, will pop over small jumps with decent style (though they do tend to have to do the adds due to shorter stride). The feather is some maintenance to keep it show ready, but if you are not showing on the breed circuit there is no reason why you can't clip it. They are prone to scratches. Hers tend to be around the 14hh range, but they are big barreled and I was surprised at how well they take up my leg (I'm 5'8").
Not sure why Southern Grace said farrier care will cost a lot - the ones I know have nice feet and do well barefoot.
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My neighbor has five. She rides none of them, but she does drive them. And she complains of the grooming effort to keep all that hair nice looking.
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If you are looking for a quiet stocky short horse there are other breeds like Haflingers which are cheaper and less maintenance.

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On one hand, I think you should look at individuals rather than breeds (:
On the other hand, I understand being set on something and I don't see anything wrong with narrowing your search to a particular breed. I just think, if you go that route, you have to be prepared to make certain sacrifices. These could be financial (as stated above, the excess hair can require more upkeep), aesthetic (if you're not willing to pay, your GV might look a little funny with a roached mane and no feathers), or in regards to competition (generally, GVs tend not to exceed at high levels of any show).

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post #8 of 39 Old 02-16-2017, 08:05 PM
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The farriers here class that as a draft breed and charge more for any care even trims.
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post #9 of 39 Old 02-16-2017, 08:43 PM
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I would adore one, but I can not afford one :(

I think as a first horse perhaps the care side may be a little much? Their feathers can attract mites and other issues.

I personally think a first horse should be pretty low maintenance. It takes so much time to learn.
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post #10 of 39 Old 02-16-2017, 10:43 PM
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Of course, there is the individual horse thing, but they are in what I consider still a 'breeder's market,thus the inflated price, based not on their proven performance,but in their novelty on this side of the ocean (supply and demand )
They are bred to be small draft horses and that was their purpose in Europe
To me, they remain a pulling horse, not a riding horse, and for the same amount of money, I expect that you find find a pretty nice beginner horse.
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