The Gypsy Cob, also known as the Traditional Gypsy cob, Irish Cob, Gypsy Horse or Gypsy Vanner, is a type or breed of domestic horse from the islands Great Britain and Ireland. It is a small, solidly-built horse of cob conformation and is often, but not always, piebald or skewbald; it is particularly associated with Irish Travellers and English Romanichal Travellers of Ireland and Great Britain. There was no stud-book or breed association for horses of this type until 1996.:58 It is now considered a breed:58 and can be registered by the Traditional Gypsy Cob Association (TGCA).. From about 1850 travelling people in the British Isles began to use a distinct type of horse to pull their vardos, the caravans in which they had just begun to live and travel. The colour and look of the breed were refined in the years after the Second World War. Horses of this type were first exported to the United States in 1996.
Also known as
This breed is also called Cob, Drumhorse, Gypsy (USA), Gypsy Cob, Gypsy Horse, Gypsy Vanner, Gypsy Vanner Horse, Irish Cob, Irish Tinker, Tinker, Tinker (Europe), Tinker Horse, Tinker Mix, Tinker-Mix, Traditional Gypsy Cob (UK) as well as Vanner Gypsy Horse.
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