- Gypsy travelers originally bred Gypsy Vanners to pull carts. They were also used as baby-sitters for children at camp, as well as for currency.
- Gypsy Vanners come in all colors, though the most common, and highly prized, are the black-and-white or brown-and-white colors. They are normally between 14 and 15.2 hands high (a hand measuring four inches), with a short neck and back.
- Originally bred in Ireland, the Gypsy Vanner can be found all over the world, though they are still rare in the United States.
- The interbreeding of four breeds--Friesian, Shire, Clydesdale and Dales pony--developed the Gypsy Vanner horse.
- Gypsy Vanners were bred for their docile nature and ability to remain calm. In Gypsy camps, any horse showing ill temperament was banished immediately.