Gypsy Vanner Frequently Asked Questions



1. Where does the Gypsy Vanner Horse come from?
The Gypsy Vanner comes from England, Wales, and Ireland.  These horses can now be found in the United States, Canada, Denmark, France and a few other countries.



2. How many Gypsy Vanners are there?
There are maybe 10,000 Gypsy Horses in the UK, however only about 20% of those are the selectively bred Gypsy Vanner.
 Cushti Bok, first Gypsy Vanner stallion imported to the US



3. How many Gypsy Vanners are in the United States?
There are currently about 2000 registered Gypsy Vanner Horses as of January 2012.



4. What is The Gypsy Vanner Horse?
The Gypsy Vanner Horse is a beautiful and rare new breed of horse envisioned by the European Gypsies.  These horses have been selectively bred over the past 60 years to create a kind of small Shire that was colorful enough to match their caravans.
These horses, bred by the Gypsies, are easily recognizable by their long, flowing manes and tails, and the profusion of feathers on their legs.  These make them look as if they fly when they run.



5. What can a Gypsy Vanner do?
 The Gypsy Vanner was bred by the Gypsies to pull their caravans, so they excel at driving.  They are also good for dressage, pleasure riding, western, children's mounts, low jumping, and have even been used on occasion for cutting cattle.



6. What kind of temperament does the Gypsy Vanner have? 
 Gypsy Vanners are extremely gentle.  These horses were bred by the Gypsies only partially for looks - the other part was for gentleness.  Gypsy children are often found crawling over and around the Gypsy Vanners.



7. How big is the Gypsy Vanner Horse?
The Gypsy Vanner can range anywhere from 12.2 hh to 16hh.  The average height is around 14.2  They usually weigh between 1,100  to 1,700 pounds.



8. What colors do the Gypsy Vanner come in?
Gypsy Vanners come in all colors.  The most common colors, however, are piebald (black and white) and skewbald (brown and white).  All colors are accepted.



9. Is the Gypsy Vanner Horse a registered breed?
Yes.  The registry is called the Gypsy Vanner Horse Society, which was originally founded by Dennis and Cindy Thompson. Take a look at for more information.


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