The Romany gypsy folk and Tinkers of Great Britain and Ireland developed an astoundingly beautiful horse that came to be known primarily as the gypsy (coloured) cob. Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland are blessed with several breeds of equine that sport feather in varying degrees; and the travellers found they liked the look of these horses pulling their living wagons. They liked the flashy black and white piebald (pinto) horses best; the heavier the feather grew, the better to watch the toss of the hoof with a big, extravagant movement. As time passed many other loud and beautiful colors came to be appreciated in these horses, but the piebald arguably remains the most appealing. Crosses of horse breeds such as Shire/Clydesdale and Dales/Fell/Welsh pony made the best medium size draft animal to efficiently pull the vardos. As years brought about fewer Rom living on the roads, smaller sizes became popular, being easier to keep in closer quarters while still maintaining the look reminiscent of the years on the road. And now comes the focus of creating a miniature horse from that foundation….
The mini gypsy cob is going to be revered for its beauty and temperament just as much or more than its wagon horse inspiration!