Today’s Horse Facts: The Gypsy Vanner

Gypsy Vanner horses are gorgeous smaller versions of Clydesdales with “feathered” feet and come in all different colors.


*Note: I’m posting this on Wed. afternoon (I usually do this every other Thursday) because of heavy rain. I might not have Internet service tomorrow.)

Today’s Horse Facts: The Gypsy Vanner Horse

Black & White Gypsy Vanner

As you’ve already noticed, I’ve been quizzing you on breeds that aren’t that well known. Well, maybe in your horse world, you already know about these “different” breeds like the Haflinger, the Rocky Mountain Horse, the Fox Trotter, and the Gypsy Vanner.

I would imagine that even a “non-horse” type person might even know about a Lipizzaner, a Quarter Horse, or a Thoroughbred because they are such common types of horses that are in the public eye so much. But if you’re like me, you like to study and learn about all kinds of horses, even if they’re blue and have five legs. (Bad joke.)

So today, we’re going to take a 10-question quiz about the Gypsy Vanner breed. Are you ready? Here we go:

  1. The Gypsy Vanner breed originated with gypsies inEnglandandIreland.
  2. The breed was started about 100 years ago.
  3. It has a confirmation like the Shire but a little smaller.
  4. It has long hair called “feathering”on its four lower legs.
  5. The Gypsy Vanner’s colors can only be black and white pinto.
  6. The first registered Gypsy Vanners came toAmericain 1996.
  7. If Gypsy Vanners are shorter than 14 hands, they are called “mini Gypsies.”
  8. This breed is used and shown exclusively for driving carts and wagons.
  9. It has a muscular neck and well-rounded rump.
  10.  Its personality is pleasant and well-mannered.

 So, do you know as much about the Gypsy Vanners as you thought you did?

Here are the answers to the questions:

  1. T
  2. F   It originated 50 years ago.
  3. T
  4. T
  5. F   It can be any color or combination of colors.
  6. T
  7. T
  8. F   It can be ridden, driven, jumped, or used in dressage and shown in all kinds of classes.
  9. T

 10.   T

Gypsy Vanner Mare & Foal

How’d you do? I think if I had taken this quiz, I

Black Gypsy Vanner

probably would have gotten, maybe, four correct because I didn’t know that much about the breed. But it sure is a gorgeous hunk of horse flesh, isn’t it?

 Are you surprised at all the different colors this fantastic breed can be? Take a look at this color chart of all the different colors the breed can actually be. Wow!

Color Chart for Gypsy Vanner Horses

Next time, we’ll take a peek at a breed called the Fox Trotter.

Happy riding!


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5 thoughts on “Today’s Horse Facts: The Gypsy Vanner

  1. My family breeds Gypsy Vanner horses and Drum horses. We are located in Northwest Washington, for more information if you’re interested in purchasing one of our beautiful horses, visit Kalypso Bay Farm on Facebook or directly call our office number at 360-599-1261.

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