can You expect when purchasing a Gypsy
Horse/Vanner or a Drum Horse?
the experience varies for everyone. However,
these horses are different than that of
a typical riding horse!
You've found your dream
horse, now you need to get it here! The
process goes something like this... your
purchasing agent or seller should be able
to arrange a charter flight to help keep
expenses to a minimum. After the horse
flies over to America, all horses must
go thru USDA quarantine, depending
on their age, over two years, and if they
are Breeding Stock (Mares and Stallions,
NOT applicable to Geldings)will need to
go thru Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM)
quarantine. (CEM is a venereal disease
caused by bacteria and is spread through
breeding.) CEM quarantine can cost anywhere
from 2000.00 to 5000.00 depending on where
you choose to quarantine your horse. Most
importers include this in the cost of
the horse, however you should double check!
most of these horses do not receive the
same care as they would here in the US,
you can expect to put a lot of time in
grooming, handling and de-worming when you
first get your new horse home! (We would
advise you have a vet come out and look
the horse over and perform parasite tests
prior to doing any self worming. Certain
wormers are so powerful that they de-worm
the horse so quickly the results may be
fatal. Please take caution and always
seek a vet's approval.)
be aware that there are several circumstances
in which a horse may have to stay in USDA
quarantine longer than the average imported
horse. For example if a horse on the same
flight as yours would test positive for
any disease, even a false positive, your
horse would be held for the designated
period, normally an additional 2 weeks.
The additional time would cost around
$2000.00. This is a risk you take in importing
a horse, you should be aware that it does
Care. If you want to keep
your horses's feather and underlying skin
healthy, their manes and tails long, these
horses are higher maintanance It can take
several hours to bath and fully groom
just one! They should also be kept out
of mud or wet conditions as much as possible.
Please take this into consideration before
choosing to own one.
On average these
horses are incredibly easy keepers requiring
very little concentrates and only good
quality grass hay. They are also very
hardy, however they still need the basics.
A sturdy, dry shelter, fresh water at
all times and at minimum routine vet care.
Because of their size and metabolic nature, they are prone to
founder, tie up and colic, care should
be taken in daily visual checks and of
course their weight should be monitored
closely. We suggest low carb concentrates if you choose to feed them.
up Baby. These guys go
thru a lot of changes from birth! Don't
expect your new little bundle of joy to
look anything like he/she does at birth, once he/she has fully developed!
As a weanling they of course should be
all legs, vibrant and very alert. As they
grow into a yearling, they look gangly
and disproportional. Their feather will
come in curled above the coronet band
and slowly lengthen. They should start
looking more like the breed at two years
old, but still long legged and built lighter
than the average mature horse of the same
breed. Their feather should completely
cover their hooves, but most likely it
won't be as thick as their mature counterpart.
At three to four, they should start to
hit close to their mature height and feather should
thicken. At five to six, you can expect
them to bulk up and feather to be at it's
fullest. Their mental maturity will also
level off. Don't expect a whole lot out
of a majority of these horse before four.
They usually are not mature enough either
physically or mentally. We don't suggest
hard training until four-five years of age.
Although, we start all of ours at 2-3 years
of age, we take them through the paces