The Gypsy dream was to breed the perfect horse to pull their wagons through the hillsides of England and Ireland. The horses had to be hardy and easy to keep, as they were often tethered on the side of the road or in fields, eating whatever grass they could find and living without shelter in the cold winters. When the day’s work was done, the beautiful Gypsy Vanner, had to be gentle enough to teach Gypsy children how to ride. Many names are associated with a gypsy type horse; Cob, Colored Horses, or Tinker.
The word vanner simply means “caravan”. They are bred from a combination of draft and pony breeds and they range in size from 13 to 15 hands. They are sturdy horses with heavy bones, flat knees, and a short back. The come in a variety of colors but the most common is black and white. Gypsy Vanners have an abundance of mane and feathers. The feathers should begin at the knee/hock and fully cover the hooves. Manes and tails are long, thick and flowing.
The Gypsy horse is truly magic in motion, appearing to float as they move! Years of selective breeding has developed a personality that is likely the most gentle and docile in the world. They are extremely social and eager to participate in your activities and will do so with beauty and style! Highly admired, the Gypsy Vanner is still somewhat rare in the United States. Due to their increasing popularity, we expect to see many more in the very near future. Traditionally used for driving, they also excel at dressage, hunter jumper and both English and Western riding.
Astro Boy is a breathtaking 4 year old Gypsy Vanner Stallion. He is a smokey black and white with one crème gene, so it is possible for him to sire a palomino or buckskin. We invite you to visit this fantastic stallion. Enchanting, versatile and with a temperament that is unequaled, he will quickly become your idea of the perfect horse!