Gypsy Vanner Horses are one of the most beautiful horses in the world.
The Gypsy Vanner frequently makes it onto lists of, “most beautiful horse breeds” and when you see that long flowing hair impressive movement and kind eyes, it easy to understand why.
Two of its most recognizable characteristics are the color of its “piebald” coat and the profuse feathering on its legs. Some of the horses may, however, also have various coat colors.
The Drum Horse is a popular sub-type of this breed with a comparable appearance. While the breeders of Gypsy horses exhibit and sell their wares at traditional fairs in the UK, horse shows and sporting events have become very popular in the US, where these horses take part every year.
The Romanichals have been traversing Europe for generations in luxuriously adorned vardoes and caravans. These nomads began breeding the first Gypsy horses around 1850 with the goal of employing them as a pulling horse for their living carts in order to preserve their way of life. It took years of meticulous breeding to produce the current version of this horse, which was developed just after World War II.
This exceptional breed of horse was raised and taught in a special way to give it the stamina and endurance to pull the huge carts, graze on any grass it found along the route, and maintain its composure because agitation and panic could harm the wagon. The colored horses, which are still seen as being more popular, swiftly supplanted the spotted horses during World War II.
The Romanichal breeders valued smaller-sized horses with high knee motion over those with more feathers, precise colors, and dense bone. Therefore, in order to give the Gypsy Horse a livelier and more vivacious trot, breeders adopted the Section D Welsh Cob breeding.
Since it is far more cost-effective to raise a smaller horse, breeders sought to reduce the size to 14.3–15 hands from the breed’s average height of more than 15 hands throughout the 1990s. As a result, the Clydesdale and Shire horses were interbred with the Dales Pony and occasionally the Fell Pony. The resulting progeny served as the basis for the current Gypsy horse.
The Irish Cob Society Ltd., Gypsy Cob and Drum Horse Association, Gypsy Vanner Horse Society, Gypsy Horse Registry of America, and other organizations and registries were founded beginning in 1996. The renowned discoverers Dennis and Cindy Thompson brought the Gypsy horse to the United States for the first time in 1997. Black Forest Shires & Gypsy Horses, a well-known North American horse importer/breeder, brought about 1700 horses—mostly Gypsies—to America between 2000 and 2012.
The following footage demonstrates the majesty of Gypsy Vanner horses. The name of the horse in the video is Lion Prince – such a gorgeous Gypsy Vanner horse.