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Gypsy Vanner Horse

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The Gypsy Vanner is a breed of horse with its origin among the Irish Travellers, or Gypsies, of the British Isles. In the United Kingdom, it is usual to refer to them as "traditional coloured cobs", or "piebald/skewbald cobs". These horses are also called a Drum Horse, Irish Tinker Horse, (in Germany and Netherlands), Irish Cob, Piebald (in Ireland), or Gypsy Vanner (USA). Bred for strength and docility, the breed is a mix of draught horse and pony breeds giving quite a large variation in size and appearance. The typical horse measures 12.0 - 15.3 hands and the larger variation (the Drum Horse) may reach as high as 16.0 hands and over is a cross with either a Shire horse or Clydesdale horse.


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