The Gypsy Vanner Horse is known by many names, Cob, Colored Cob, Gypsy Horse, Irish Cob, Tinker Horse. It was developed by the gypsies of Great Britain and Ireland after World War II. They required the horse to be able to pull a caravan, small in size, interesting coloration, feathering and what is called a “sweet head”.
A stallion called Cushti Bok, highly prized in Great Britain, after being found was used as the basis for the breed. His ancestry included the Shire, Clydesdale, Friesian and Dales Pony.
Height of the Gypsy Vanner is anywhere between 13 to 16.2 hands, 52-64 inches, depending on where the horse is bred. Profuse feathering begins below the knees and hocks. The head is straight, neither dish-shaped or Roman. As a draft breed,the horse’s hind quarters are strong.
The Gypsy Vanner has a wonderfully gentle disposition, is highly intelligent, strong, courageous and loyal. The Vanner is also eager to please and do what is asked of it.
The Gypsy Vanner first came to American in 1997. Breeding for smaller size continues among the gypsies of Great Britain.