Thursday, January 14, 2016

Gypsy Vanner Horses

I came across some photographs of horses that were beautiful and distinctive. I had never seen any pics of them before, nor ever heard of them. They are called Gypsy vanner horses and Wikipedia has this to say about them:
The Irish Cob or Coloured Cob is a type or breed of domestic horse from the British Isles. It a small, solidly-built horse of cob conformation and is often, but not always, piebald or skewbald. It is the only broken-coloured horse breed of the British Isles, and is particularly associated with the Pavee and Roma travelling peoples of Britain and Ireland. There was no stud-book or breed association for horses of this type until 1996. It is now considered a breed and can be registered with a number of breed associations. It may also be known as the Gypsy Horse, Gypsy Cob, Gypsy Vanner or Tinker Horse. The Drum Horse is similar in appearance, but larger. 
From about 1850 travelling people in the British Isles began to use a distinct type of horse to pull their vardos, the caravans in which they had just begun to live and travel. The colour and look of the breed were refined in the years after the Second World War. Horses of this type were first exported to the United States in 1996.

Some pics:

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