Video: The Gypsy Vanner Horse

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Video: The Gypsy Vanner Horse



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We found a fantastic video by janson about the remarkable breed of the “Gypsy Vanner Horse”.

The Gypsy Vanner (also known as Gypsy Cob, Coloured Cob, Irish Cob and Tinker Horse) is a special horse breed that was originally developed by the Romanichal people native to the British Isles.

*note: A cob is a small horse that is usually of a stout build, with strong bones, large joints, and steady disposition. It’s a body type of a horse and not a specific breed*

This particular breed has an extremely gentle nature. They look so special and majestic because of their unique features but their gentle temperament makes them all the more amazing.



The Gypsy Vanner Horse is known for its feathered legs. It usually has a piebald (black and white) or a skewbald (brown and white) coat, but they can also come in different colors. They were often used to pull caravans because they are really great at driving. They are also good for pleasure riding and children’s mounts.

The best feature of Gypsy Vanners are their feathered legs. This differentiates them from other breeds so that’s why they are special. This may be a bit challenging to groom but if you want to keep them clean, you have to make sure that their feathers are brushed well. Unclean feathers make these horses more prone to infection. Wash them with warm water and a good equine shampoo.

These animals are also more prone to thrush and hoof diseases. Thrush is a very common bacterial infection and it often occurs on the hooves, especially on the frog region (a part of the hoof that touches the ground – it acts as a shock absorber). If your horse has been walking in muddy, wet areas, it’s always best to pick the hooves at least two times a day.

If you want to get one of your own, there are many breeders that sell good Gypsy Vanners. In the UK, established breeders exhibit and sell their horses at traditional fairs. In the US, there are several breed registries that are affiliated with the United States Equestrian Federation and the United States Dressage Federation.

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