Flangan - here is the breed standard I am been rabbiting on about.
A Gypsy Vanner is said to be a creation of the Gypsy from the interbreeding of a Shire, a Friesian, a Clydesdale and a Dales.
The GVH is a newly established breed/type created in the USA in 1996 and the standards are as follows:
Gypsy Vanner Horse®#1 Color:
Breed Standards for Stallions/Mares/Geldings
The Gypsy Vanner Horse® is not a color breed it is a body type, therefore all colors, markings and patterns are acceptable. In honor of the British Gypsy heritage of the breed, the following names will be used to describe a Gypsy Vanner horses color.
A. Piebald: Black & White
B. Skewbald: Red & White, Brown & White, Tri-Color
C. Odd Coloured: Any other color
D. Blagdon: Solid color with white splashed up from underneath
There are three height classifications, all having the same standards.
A. Mini Vanner: Under 14 hands.
B. Classic Vanner 14 hands up to but not including 15.2 H.
C. Grand Vanner 15.2 H and up.
The Vanner has the look of a small to average size horse with a draft horse type body.
A. Back: Short coupled and in proportion to overall body
B. Withers: Well rounded, not high and fine
C. Chest: A deep, broad chest with well sprung ribs.
D. Shoulder: Sloping shoulder with well developed muscle
E. Hindquarters: Heavy, powerful hips with a well muscled rounded croup, tail not set too low.
NB Slab sided or severely sloping hindquarters are considered a fault.
F. Neck: Strong and of ample length, stallions must display a bold look with a rainbow (well arched) crest.
Clean, heavy to medium heavy bone set on medium to large hoof .
A. Front: Set square, muscular with broad flat well developed knees.
B. Rear: Hocks that are broad and clean, a Vanner will have the modified closer hock set of a pulling horse, but not as close as the modern draft horse.
NB Set back or sickle hocks are a fault.
C. Hoof : large round hoof , open at the heels with well developed frogs.
NB Small contracted hooves are considered a fault
D. Leg movement: Clean, straight and true with energy and a distinctive and effortless trot.
Ideal hair is straight and silky, with some wave, curl and body being acceptable,
NB kinky hair is a fault.
A. Abundant feathering should begin at the knees on the front legs and at or near the hocks on the rear, extending over the front of the hooves.
B. Mane, forelock and tail should be ample to profusely abundant, double manes are common but not required.
A sweet head is a more refined head than a typical shire might have, set on a strong neck in harmony with the horses overall look.
A. Throat and jaw: Clean throat-latch and jaw.
B. Nose: Flat and tapered, a slightly roman nose is acceptable if it goes with the horses overall look.
NB A heavy roman nose is not acceptable.
C. Eyes: Any color, wide set, bright, alert and kind.
D. Ears: In proportion to the head, not too large.
A Vanner should be alert and willing with traits of intelligence, kindness and docility,
(ie a Golden Retriever with hooves®).
It would seem that even if a horse meets with the basics of the breed specification there are several areas which can make one horse more “special“ than another horse. Ie
The colour and shape of the markings
The texture and density of the mane, tail and feathers
The temperament & not least
The capability of the horse to pull a small wagon in a built up area.
Now in Holland you have all those lovely flat straight roads. You'll have to buy your Boy a Gypsy caravan