Pets & Animal Horses

Information on the Gypsy Horse

    History

    • The Gypsy horse was originally bred in the 19th century by the Romani (traveling) people of the United Kingdom and Ireland. The Gypsy horse was bred for work purposes--to pull the wagons in which the Romani lived--as well as for their beauty and docile nature.

    Time Frame

    • The Gypsy horse was introduced to the United States in 1996 and remains a rare breed--only around 200 Gypsy horses are presently in the U.S.

    Features

    • Gypsy horses have piebald (black and white) or, less commonly, skewbald (brown and white) coloring. They usually have abundant hair and feathers (feathered hair) that begin at the knee in front and at the hock in the back.

    Size

    • Gypsy horses range in size from 13 to 15 hands (one hand equals four inches).

    Function

    • While most Romani no longer live in wagons, they still keep and breed Gypsy horses for use as draft horses. They are also used for showing in dressage, western and driving competitions.

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