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The Gentle Horses of the Gypsies

For hundreds of years, the nomadic people known as gypsies have traveled the roads of Europe and the U.K. in beautifully carved and decorated living wagons. To maintain this wandering way of life, they created an extraordinary breed of horse, with enough endurance and strength to pull a heavy wagon all day, the ability to subsist on whatever grazing it could find on the side of the road, and an extremely calm temperament, since a moment’s panic could quite literally result in the destruction of its master’s home. The result, after hundreds of years of selective breeding, is a beautiful, powerful and supremely gentle animal-the Gypsy Horse.

The appreciation of these horses has been growing in the U.S., spurred by the importation of a number of Gypsy Horses during the last few years. Gypsies, traveling in their caravans or vardos, have been known by a variety of names, including Travelers, Roma or Romany. The names for their horses reflect this – Gypsy Cobs, Gypsy Horse, Gypsy Vanners, Travelers Horses, Irish Cobs, Tinkers.

Gypsies still travel the roads of England, Ireland and Europe. For centuries, their way of life has been the stuff of legend and romance. Van Gogh painted them at sunset, around their campfires. Composers from Brahms to Ravel wove their traditional melodies into classical music. But the most magnificent part of their heritage lives, breathes and trots, proud necks arched and feather flying.

The Gypsy Horses – beautiful, brilliant, kind and now enjoying tremendous growth and popularity in America!

Gypsy Horse Breed Standard

General Appearance

General Appearance

The Gypsy Horse is powerful and compact with an overall impression of intelligence, kindness, strength and agility. Proportioned and balanced with medium to heavy bone and well muscled. Mane and tail are thick and luxurious. Abundant feather drapes from knee to ground. A proper cob often displays a beard, mustache and a forelock extending past the tip of its muzzle.


Head expressive and proportioned to body. Ears well set and not too large, balanced to size. Eyes large, open and alert with good ocular bone structure. Jaws clearly defined, ample width between jaws, making adequate room for larynx and muscle attachments. Jaws larger and more muscled on stallions. Nose straight profile and level bite.I am text block. Click edit button to change this text.

Neck, Withers & Shoulders

Neck balanced, generously muscled and arched. Clean, open throatlatch. Neck ties in well at the shoulder. Shoulders deep, powerful and well sloped. Withers medium height and well muscledI am text block. Click edit button to change this text.

Body & Legs

I am text block. Click edit button to change this textBack supple, flexible, short and compact with ample muscle and longer underline. Ribs well sprung and deep heart girth. Hindquarters very generous, smooth, broad and rounded across the croup with long hip well coupled to powerful hocks. Legs set well under body with adequate space between front and hind legs. Leg bone flat with strong tendons. Good separation between tendon and bone. Feather starts at the knees and hocks, running down front and back of legs and covering the hooves. Joints must be solid with correctly sloped pasterns. Hooves must be well shaped with strong hoof walls and adequate frog..

Temperament & Movement

I am text block. Click edit button to chOverall appearance of a strong and willing partner that works harmoniously with its handler. Willing, confident and offering its best with little encouragement. Sensible, steady, and eager to please. A steady forward walk with impulsion. Ground covering trot with a slight flick of feather at the point of extension.ange this text.

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