About Gypsy Vanner Horses
Gypsey Vanner horses (also known as Irish Cob, Colored Cob, Gypsy
Cob, Tinker Horse, and Gypsy Horses) originated in the British Isles. They are
a small, solidly-built horse of cob conformation and are often, but not always,
piebald or skewbald. They are the only broken-colored horse breed of the
British Isles, and are particularly associated with the Pavee and Roma
travelling peoples of Britain and Ireland.
From about 1850 travelling people in the British Isles began
to use a distinct type of horse to pull their vardos, the caravans in which
they had just begun to live and travel. The color and look of the breed were
refined in the years after the Second World War. Horses of this type were first
exported to the United States in 1996.
Gypsy Vanner Horses are
related to Shire horses, Clydesdale horses, and native British ponies such as
the Dales. Gypsy Vanners are not a color breed. They have a heavy body type
with heavy bone and broad body like a draft, but short (usually standing 14-15
hands at the withers). Gypsy Vanner horses come in any color, solid, tobiano
and splash. They also have an abundance of feather flowing from behind the
knees and hocks, as well as a long free flowing mane and tail. In addition they
also possess a temperament that is friendly and engaging.
Source: The Gypsy Vanner Horse Association