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The primary breeds that went into creating the Gypsy Vanner Horse are the Shire, Clydesdale, Dales Pony and through genetic association, the Friesian (the Friesian was involved in the development of the other three). In 1995, a very high percentage of the horses raised by British Gypsies were not a breed at all, they were a type with unknown heritage. Those horses are called “trade horses”, “export horses”, “knacker horses” or “colored riding horses”. Those horses have smooth legged genetics in their heritage and were raised for the restaurant business in Belgium, Holland and France, but they can fool an untrained eye (gypsygold.com).

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Joanie Holliday 19 May 2019

THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL. TERRIFIC WORK MY FRIEND

Artist Reply: they seem almost magical, don't they

Sharon De Vore 19 May 2019

ANOTHER AMAZING PAINTING, BARB.

Artist Reply: thank you