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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

7th Apr 2014
Carole Milnes
  • VioVet Customer Since: June 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!

29th Oct 2014
Michelle Evans
  • VioVet Customer Since: May 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.

13th May 2017
Amy Gillies
  • VioVet Customer Since: March 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.

11th Jun 2017
Alyson E Bateman (alybateman)
  • VioVet Customer Since: December 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

26th Jul 2017
Michelle Spiers
  • VioVet Customer Since: April 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!

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