The Gypsy Horse is known by many names: Gypsy
Vanners, Gypsy Cobs, Romany Cobs, Irish Cobs, Tinkers, Traveler's Horses. They
all describe a horse of the same general type. These horses are a
combination of many breeds, including Irish Draft, Friesian, Connemara, Dales
pony, Clydesdale, and Shire. They posses a calm temperament, which was important to the families that used
them to pull the grand caravans of the Gypsies.
These horses are excellent for driving and make
great jumpers, dressage mounts or western. Traditionally they are used to
pull the Gypsy caravans and the children ride them bareback.
There are numerous different registries all around the world. We are
members of a few, including ones here in the United States: the Gypsy Cob and
Drum Horse Association and the Gypsy Horse Association. The Irish Cob Society (ISC) is based in Ireland, and we are also
in process of becoming members of that. Each registry has its own set of
high standards horses must meet to be accepted. To get more information on
these registries, visit our links page and you will find links to these
registries and more.
Kyanna contributed drawings for the Gypsy Horse Association Color Chart, seen below. What a colorful breed!
following is an essay written by Michele and was featured in the October 2005
issue of Horse Previews Magazine.