Irish Tinker Horse Breed & Video
Introduction Nowhere is the history of humans and horses more closely intertwined than in nomadic societies, with the Arabian breed being perhaps the most widely known example.
Gypsy Horse (Irish Tinker horse, also known as Irish Cob, Piebald (in Ireland), or Gypsy Vanner (in USA)) is a breed with its origin among the traveling Gypsies of the British Isles.
These horses are also called a Gypsy Cob (USA ), Irish Tinker Horse, (in Germany and Netherlands), Irish Cob, Piebald (in Ireland), or Gypsy Vanner (USA). They are bred for strength and docility, and the typical horse measures 14.0 - 15.0 hands.
The names are Gypsy Cob (USA and UK), Colored Cob (UK), Gypsy Vanner (USA), Tinker Horse, Irish Gypsy Cob or Gypsy Horse. This is a multitalented horse breed. The exact origin or history of this horse breed is not known.
The breed of horse known as gypsy vanner horses (aka Tinker horse, Irish Cob, Piebald) were originally bred to pull gypsy caravans throughout the United Kingdom.
Also called Gypsy Vanner, Tinker Horse, the Vanner is a relatively recent breed on paper, and their bloodlines have been carried through oral tradition from generation to generation of the families who bred them.
Because term "Tinker" is considered a slur by travellers, the term "Tinker Horse" is not generally used by English-speakers to describe the horse.
See also: Tinker, Gypsy Vanner, Cob, Piebald, Irish Cob