horse seeking registration as a Drum must meet
the following standards: (According to the American
Drum Horse Association)
Drum Horse Studbook is for those approved horses
that meet all the criteria for registration as
a Drum Horse. These horses are a combination of
any of the following breeds: Shire, Clydesdale,
and Gypsy Horse, where no single breed listed
above exceeds 7/8 of the total make-up, and the
percentage of Gypsy Horse blood does not fall
below 1/8. Only horses that are approved and meet
all the criteria will be allowed in the Drum Horse
studbook. Click for registration forms.
Foundation Studbook is for those horses that are
approved and certified for the breeding of Drum
Horses. These horses are approved fullblood Clydesdales,
Shires, and Gypsy Horses or combinations of these
breeds that do not fit the criteria for registry
as a Drum Horse. Foals that are born from a cross
between a certified Foundation Horse and a Drum
Horse which meet the criteria for registry as
a Drum Horse will be placed in the Drum Horse
studbook. The crossing of two Foundation Horses
will result in a horse registered in the Foundation
studbook, unless the resulting foal meets the
criteria to be registered in the Drum Horse Studbook.
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registered as Drums may NOT be dual registered
as a Gypsy Cob or Vanner, either pure or part.
Vanner Horse (According
to the Gypsy Vanner Horse Society)
Gypsy Vanner is a “people sized” draft
horse with heavy bone and broad body, but on a
smaller scale then the large draft breeds.
Color: The Gypsy Vanner Horse® is not a color
breed it is a body type, therefore all colors,
markings and patterns are
acceptable. In honor of the British Gypsy heritage
of the breed, the following names will be used
a Gypsy Vanner horses color.
A. Piebald: Black & White
B. Skewbald: Red & White, Brown & White,
C. Odd Coloured: Any other color
D. Blagdon: Solid color with white splashed up
#2 Height: No height limits,
all sizes have the same standards, all equally
#3 Body:The Vanner has
the look of a small to average size horse with
a draft horse type body.
A. Back: Short coupled
and in proportion to overall body
B. Withers: Well rounded,
not high and fine
C. Chest: A deep, broad
chest with well sprung ribs.
D. Shoulder: Sloping shoulder
with well developed muscle
Hindquarters: Heavy, powerful hips with a well
muscled rounded croup, tail not set too low. Slab
sided or severely sloping hindquarters are considered
F. Neck: Strong and of
ample length, stallions must display a bold look
with a rainbow (well arched) crest.
#4 Legs: Clean, heavy to
medium heavy bone set on medium to large hoof
A. Front: Set square, muscular
with broad flat well developed knees.
B. Rear: Hocks that are broad and clean, a Vanner
will have the modified closer hock set of a
pulling horse, but not as close as the modern
draft horse. Set back or sickle hocks are a fault.
C. Hoof : large round hoof , open at the heels
with well developed frogs. Small
contracted hooves are considered a fault
D. Leg movement: Clean, straight
and true with energy and a distinctive and effortless
#5 Hair: Ideal hair is
straight and silky, with some wave, curl and body
being acceptable, kinky hair is a fault.
A. Abundant feathering should begin
at the back of the knees on the front legs and
at or near the hocks on the rear, extending over
the front of the hooves.
B. Mane, forelock and tail should be ample to
profusely abundant, double manes are common but
Head: A sweet head is a more refined head than
a typical shire might have, set on a strong neck
in harmony with the
horses overall look.
A. Throat and jaw: Clean throat-latch
B. Nose: Flat and tapered, a slightly roman nose
is acceptable if it goes with the horses over
all look. A heavy roman nose is not acceptable.
C. Eyes: Any color, wide set, bright, alert and
D. Ears: In proportion to the head, not too large.
Nature: A Vanner should be alert and willing with
traits of intelligence, kindness and docility,
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