Breed Profiles - Gypsy Vanner

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Find out more about the Gypsey Vanner including typical conformation, temperament and ideal disciplines

Breed Profiles - Gypsy Vanner
Breed Profiles - Gypsy Vanner

Gypsy Vanner horse breed summary:

Origin - Romany
Height - Between 14 and 16hh
Colour - No set colour but they are usually piebald or skewbald
Conformation - Compact but solidly built, good width of bone, can carry considerable weight, long flowing manes and tails,
Ideal disciplines - All-rounder, first horse, child's pony, showing, driving

The Gypsy Vanner horse was bred by the Romany and was originally used to pull their caravans. The actual history behind the breed is unknown because pedigrees were kept secret and only known by the families that had bred the horse concerned. It is believed that the breed is descended from Shires, Clydesdales, Friesians and Dales ponies. The breed was not officially recognised until the late 20th Century and the first breed register was set up in 1996.


The Gypsy Vanner is compact but solidly built. They have a good width of bone and can carry considerable weight. They are usually between 14 and 16hh in height and although there is no set colour standard, they are usually piebald or skewbald in colour. They are known for their long flowing manes and tails and have extensive feathering on their legs.


The breed is known for its stamina and patience, as well as being laid back and good for beginners.

Ideal Disciplines

The Gypsy Vanner is ideal for the following disciplines:

• All-rounder

• First horse

• Child's pony

• Showing

• Driving

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