We have a magnificent herd of gypsy horses on the farm. They are sometimes in the stables and sometimes in the nature walk. Look out for Mr Mustachio!
The Gypsy Horse is also known as the Irish Cob, Gypsy Cob, Gypsy Vanner, Coloured Cob or Tinker Horse and originated from the UK and Ireland.
They come in a variety of colours but are predominantly of piebald colouring and have many draft characteristics including heavy bone and abundant feathering on the lower legs. It is believed that these horses are descended from a combination of Shires, Clydesdales, Friesians and Dales Ponies with their origins in the Romani gypsy community of the UK
The Gypsy horse is heavy boned and typically measures between 14 and 16 hands. Not much is known about the bloodlines of this horse because pedigrees were usually kept a secret and only family members knew the details. 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"
The Gypsy Horse was bred to be a wagon horse. These horses were bred by the Romany gypsies, and pulled wagons or "caravans" known as Vardos, which is a type of covered wagon that people sometimes lived in, we have a Vardo here on the farm. They were also used as riding horses for children. Today, the Gypsy Cob is rarely used for pulling Vardos, but it is still looked upon as a symbol of power and strength among the Romany gypsies.
- Class: Mammalia
- Order: Perissodactyla
- Family: Equidae
- Species: Equus caballus