Gypsy Vanner Horse

Gypsy Vanner Horse

Having existed in relative isolation until it was ‘discovered’ by Cindy and Dennis Thompson sometime before 1996; the Gypsy Vanner Horse was only recently registered, but likely has a history dating back centuries.

Prevalent in gypsy communities, the breed first came into use when the Romanichals began travelling in vardo wagons in the 1850s.

Relying upon horses to pull their ornate homes over great distances every day, the Romanichals came to depend on the unrivalled strength and endurance of the Gypsy Vanner. Their friendly docility also meant they could be trusted around children, which was essential considering the proximity in which they lived.

Development of the breed gathered speed following the Second World War, when the conformity of Vanner horses became more uniform. Shire horses and Clydesdales are credited with giving the horse its height, robust physique and colouring.

Today, Gypsy Vanners are selectively bred and remain in high esteem with modern-day travellers. The oldest gypsy horse fair, Appleby, sees many Vanners sold off for exceptionally high prices to those wanting a dependable draught animal.

Did you know..?

Whilst these horses are rare across the Atlantic, their association with ancient Romani gypsies grants them a certain exoticism, making them both desirable and expensive.

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Our Gypsy Vanner Horse owners' thoughts

Added on 07/04/2014
Joined 17/06/2013
From Hampshire, United Kingdom

Polly is the most adorable pony. When she came to us she was very head shy, but gradually she has overcome this and is completely trusting. She is completely bomb proof and always looks after her rider. She has a very sweet nature and is very easy going. Her only fault is that she sometimes has the cob laziness!

Added on 29/10/2014
Joined 05/05/2014
From Sir Fynwy, United Kingdom

Bonnie is the horse I have always dreamt of owning. She is gentle, calm and laid back. She is a huge part of my family and my life.

Added on 13/05/2017
Joined 12/03/2017
From Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom

Mayzee is the sweetest horse you'll ever meet. We bred her from our mare Dolly and she's gentle, loves to follow you about and any attention you give her, she's a fast learner and just loves to please. Mayzee and her mum are a massive part of my life I wouldnt give them up for the world.

Added on 11/06/2017
Joined 20/12/2012
From Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Paige is tall for a Traditional Cob or Gypsy Vanner at 15:3 but she's as gentle as a lamb, forward going, jumps and shows well but calm enough for an absolute novice to have a ride on

Added on 26/07/2017
Joined 11/04/2017
From Warwickshire, United Kingdom

Amazing horses, so versatile, they will turn their hoof to anything! So easy to keep, they practically live on fresh air, great for a first horse!

Added on 04/06/2018
Joined 01/09/2012
From North Ayrshire, United Kingdom

Missy is a fabulous pony. She turns her hoof to everything I ask. She is forward going. We are currently completing endurance pleasure rides and Missy loves them. She can jump and does dressage. An absolutely fabulous mare.

Added on 17/06/2020
Joined 05/05/2020
From Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

We have two... they are the most intelligent I've come across. So loving and cheeky too!

Added on 06/09/2021
Joined 06/09/2021
From SUFFOLK, United Kingdom

Charlie was rescued from a meat truck at 5 months old and turned loose with 13 other colts until he was gelded at 3.5years which is when I got him. He has been a challenge, but is the sweetest, most lovable clown. However Gypsy Cobs can be cheeky and stubborn and are definitely not the plods people think they are.