For many years the Gypsy Vanner horse has been known as a
steady cart horse and an excellent addition to the family
with young children and inexperienced riders.
Many, many years ago... Up a rocky slope moves a slow line
of boxy carriages piled high with kitchen wares and belongings
rattling from every corner. The caravan is pulled by determined
teams of horses with long, a beautiful sight these horses
are as they so carefully pound along with flowing manes blowing
in the breeze. One step in front of the other, these large,
docile animals clod along through the rock and brush. Relentlessly,
these horses would continue on until they were stopped for
A larger horse, the body of the Gypsy Vanner is generally
of a stocky build with unique white and black markings that
were once said to be used as a type of anti theft device for
horse thieves. The Gypsy Vanner is said to have originated
from the time when the gypsies of Romany roamed in caravans.
With the strength and stamina these horses exhibited, they
were used primarily to pull these caravans of people, their
families and their belongings on to the next stop. With the
temperament of a gentle giant, the Gypsy Vanner was also commonly
found transporting women and children to and from destinations.
With a flowing mane and plentiful amounts of hair at the
hooves, the Gypsy Vanner horse is set very much apart from
other breeds in many ways. The temperament of the Gypsy Vanner
horse makes it the perfect breed of horse for any rider to
feel comfortable saddling up. The temperament of this horse
makes it an even more popular choice for a variety of activities
due to the trustworthiness and calmness of the breed.
Whether the purpose of your Gypsy Vanner is as the family
horse, for harnessing, jumping, dressage, or just plain old
riding the Gypsy Vanner will be the perfect horse for your
needs. Associated Content mentions in an article on the Gypsy
Vanner, that "while some horses may have more spirit than
others and many horses play up when running and bucking in
the field, this should become manageable when you lay your
hands on the horse. That said, all horses need training and
the Gypsy horses are no different!"
In consideration of the level headed temperament of the
Gypsy Vanner, the average horse person need not worry.
About the Author
Growing up roaming the mountains and valleys of British
Columbia Canada, I have acquired a unique respect and love
for all that Mother Nature has given us. Through photos, stories
and my adventures I wish to share this precious place and
all that it inspires- with the rest of the world!