The Gypsy Cob were bred by the Romany people to pull their wagons or "caravans" known as Vardos, which is a covered wagon that people lived in. Today, the Gypsy Cob is only used to pull the Vardos (or Gypsy Caravan) for show. However, The Gypsy Vanner is still looked upon as a symbol of power and strength among the Romany People.
The Gypsy Vanner (Colored horse, Gypsy Cob, Irish Cob) , was not recognized as a breed until the late 20th Century. The bloodlines were and can be hardto trace back as they were usually kept secret with only family members knowing the details. However, As the breed generated ingterest, Breed registries were developed to help track the lines of this elegant breed.
The 1st Gypsy Vanners to be imported to the US was in Nov 1996, so they have not been around here for long. There are three different registry classifications for the breed, based on height. If the horse is under 14 hands (56 inches), 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". In 2004, the breed became recognized by the United States Dressgae Federation. Although there is no set color standard for the Gypsy Vanner, the breed is often black and white. More and more colors are becoming available, as you will see in our Gypsy Horses. The Gypsy horse has an abundant amount of feathering on the legs, starting at the cannon bone and flowing to the hooves in a silky fashion. This is one of the most characteristic points of the breed.
The breed is very heavy boned, The typical Gypsy measures between 13 and 15.2 hands. but can vary at both ends of the spectrum. the short neck and short back give the animal the power needed to pull the colorful Gypsy Caravans\Vardos. The chest should be broad, the hips heavy, strong shoulders and withers rounded. The abundant Hair that this breed carries wives them a magical, fairy tale look, which is true to its heritage.