Emory and I had a visit earlier this week to a Gypsy Vanner ranch near us. We were immediately greeted by the sweetest little girl with the cutest little cowboy boots who gave us a tour, talking non-stop the whole time about the calves and the cows and the calves and which one is your favourite? and aren't they just sooo cute? and here's the barn and there's our house and that's my brother and I'll show you the baby calves... Oh goodness, I could have just taken her home with me!
(just for the record, the baby calves were awfully cute)
And then there were the horses. Oh! My!
(This black mare, Tarrah, is due to foal early July – we even saw the foal moving around and kicking inside her!)*
Gypsy Vanners are well known for their long, double manes, their beautiful tails, their full feathers (the hair on their legs), and their moustaches.
They're also known as a very gentle breed. We were told "As beautiful as they are on the outside, that's how beautiful they are on the inside" and while we were there we saw that they certainly did have a very friendly and easy-going temperment, obviously loving human attention. It sure is true what they say – when you meet a gypsy for the first time, you'll immediately fall in love.
These last photos taken by Emory:
Oh! The moustaches!
* for a fantastic true story about Tarrah adopting an orphaned foal take a look at this (there's a link to a video at the end that will just have you in tears for the joy of it)