The Gypsy Draft Horse is a Super Driving Horse with Excellent Endurance Skills !
The Gypsy Draft Horse is a driving horse with a docile and gentle temperament, bred for endurance.
This is the breed of the Irish Traveller People or Gypsies of the British Isles and was bred for their needs.
The breed is a mixture of pony breeds and draft horse and therefor occurs in quite a variation of appearance and size.
A planned breeding is a new concept and a breed registration exists only since 1996.
This horse is a heavy carriage horse, but it is lighter than a cob or a heavy horse.
It has got a "sweet head", this describes the balance and ratio of the head to the body.
There is no set colour standard, they can be piebalds or skewbalds.
Gypsy draft horses have got a very gentle and docile temperament, which makes them very good family horses: they are very gentle with children, too.
Gypsy draft horses make very good driving horses and are suitable for pulling caravans and barrel-wagons even for long distances.
This horse was widely spread in Scotland and is used by the Household Cavalry (the mounted guard of the reigning monarch).
The probably best known drum- horse is "Cicero", which was discovered by Queen Elizabeth II in Edinburgh, where it was used as a milk-cart horse.
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