Gypsy Vanner Horses
Snowy Mountain Arena
Click Image For Related Information
Welcome to Snowy Mountain Gypsy Horses. We are a small ranch in the Bitterroot Mountains of South West Montana. We are not a breeding operation, but occasionally have a few special horses for sale. All of our horses and ponies are used for trail riding in the mountains, driving, and they occassionaly so some ranch work - like sorting cattle.
The Gypsy Horse
The Gypsy Horse (USA), also known as an Irish cob (Ireland/UK), Gypsy Cob, Gypsy Vanner (USA), Coloured Cob (UK/Ireland) or Tinker horse (Europe), is a horse breed. The breed originates from the UK and Ireland. Members of the breed come in a variety of colours but predominantly are of piebald colouring and have many draft characteristics, including heavy bone and abundant feathering on the lower legs.
There is no exact known history of the Gypsy Cob. It is believed by some that the Gypsy Cobs are descended from a combination of Shires, Clydesdales, Friesians, and Dales Ponies with their origins in the Romani gypsy community of the United Kingdom.
Feathered on the lower legs, there is no set color standard for Gypsy Cobs, although the breed is often piebald in colouring. In the United Kingdom, patterns consisting of patches of black and white are traditionally called piebald, and patches of any other colour with white are called skewbald.
The Gypsy Vanner typically has an abundant mane and tail as well as "feather" or "feathering" on the legs, long hair starting at the cannon bone and flowing down over the hooves.
The build is powerful and compact, with a short neck and back. The Gypsy cob is heavy boned, the typical horse measuring between 14 and 16 hands (56 and 64 inches, 142 and 163 cm). There is no height limit in the registry. The cannon circumference can range from 8" to 12".
The chest is broad with well sprung ribs, the hips are heavy, they have short backs, strong shoulders, and the withers are rounded. The hair should be straight and silky, kinky hair is a fault. Their legs should have heavy bone set on large hooves, their hind legs should not be too straight. Gypsy Vanners must also have excellent endurance, and be able to go long distances without tiring.
Up until the late 20th century, the Gypsy Cob was not a recognized breed. Not much is known about the bloodlines of Gypsy Cobs because pedigrees were usually kept secret and only family members knew the details. However, as the interest in the breed grew, several breed registries developed.
The first registered horses were imported to North America in November 1996. There are three different registry classifications for the breed in the US, based on height. If the horse is under 14 hands (56 inches, 142 cm), it is considered to be a "mini Gypsy". If the horse is 14-15.2 hands high, it is known as a "classic Gypsy", and if the breed is 15.2 or taller, it is known as a "grand Gypsy".
In 2004, the breed became recognized by the United States Dressage Federation All Breeds Program, and can win breed-specific awards whenever it wins a dressage event or any event sponsored by the USDF.