The home of Black Forest Shires & Gypsy Horses
There’s an old saying, which goes “Gypsy Gold does not chink and glitter, it gleams in the sun, and neighs in the dark”. This proverb believed to be from the Claddaugh Gypsies of Galway refers to the magical relationship between gypsies and their most treasured
possessions, their horses.
you've taken the time to visit our site. We believe you will find
plenty of useful information here. For the past decade,
Gypsyhorses.com has been the industry's first choice for information on
the breed. We will be adding to this site as
time permits, so be sure to check back often.
Black Forest Shires is owned by Jeff Bartko and
Victoria Hauser. We Have been
involved with the breed since it first appeared in the USA. In the
year 2000, We established 'Black Forest Shires and Gypsy
Horses', and proceeded to import over 1500 Gypsy Horses into
North America. These horses firmly established the Gypsy
Horse as a recognized breed throughout the continent. Our home is
just outside Colorado Springs, and near the Black Forest - Where it all
Although we no longer import horses, the legacy of our
work continues on. The horses we imported and their progeny can be
seen from coast-to-coast in shows, fairs, and exhibitions.
Please see our "about us" page to learn more about who we are, and how our experience has shaped the Gypsy Horse industry in North America.
What is a Gypsy Horse?
The Gypsy Horse is a hearty little draft type horse
which was developed and is still used by the Gypsies of England
They typically stand between 13 and 15.2 hands, and
have an unusually quiet and gentle disposition. Their exceptional
stamina allows them to go all day at a steady trot while pulling a
loaded living waggon with the whole Gypsy family. They
are sturdily built with solid bone and have a good deal of feathering
The Gypsy horse comes in all colors, with the most
common being the "pinto" patterns, piebald and skewbald.
Although they have been bred for a particular type for
generations, they are originally descended from several draft horse
breeds, primarily the Shire and Clydesdale along with Dales, Fell,
other native British pony breeds.
If you are looking for a horse that is known for
soundness & sanity, that will be a faithful companion to your family,
and is incredibly versatile, the traditional Gypsy Horse may just be the
perfect horse for you.
Their compact size and sturdy build makes
them incredibly strong animals, capable of carrying and pulling a great
deal more weight than a light horse of similar height. They have proved
to excel at every discipline imaginable in the equine world, from
competitive driving to dressage and western sports
The traditions of the Gypsies and the magical persona
of these family
oriented horses make them the perfect “horse for all seasons”.