Love Horses? Take The Gypsy Vanner Farm Tour- Florida!

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The Story, the Farm, The Gypsy Vanner Horses,
Highly recommended!
It is rare that you will take a tour like this.

Located in Ocala, Florida, the Gyspy Gold Farm Tour is one that is so personal, and heart felt!
Gypsy Vanner Horses are Magnificent!
 

The tour is 2 hours and will start with an introduction to the owner and staff, then a story of how this breed was brought to America!
You will smile and laugh with Dennis (the owner) as he takes you on a delightful journey back in time. The discovery!   The gypsy culture!   The money!   The love!
How many tours have you been on that you want to return to?
Yes, this is THAT good!

Dennis Thompson with one of his Gypsy Vanner Horses

Dennis Thompson with one of his Gypsy Vanner Horses

Dennis will tell the story, as only he can, but briefly......
The Gypsies of Great Britain crossbred strong and mighty horses within their "tribe" to pull their colorful Caravans.
While traveling in Europe, Dennis and his wife Cindy, spotted a magical horse standing alone in a large field. The Stallion's owner was a Gypsy, and with the discovery of this new breed came a friendship with the Gypsy Tribes.
In fact, Dennis was invited to the oldest Gypsy horse fair in the world.
The whole story is really fascinating! 

Gypsy Vanner Horse Ocala Florida
Young Gypsy Vanner

Below is a quick video I captured on my phone. The Gypsy Vanner horses are very sweet and love attention.


A little bit about Ocala, Florida and the horses......

Ocala has been named the Horse Capital Of The World! Over 1,200 horse farms, which includes 900 thoroughbred farms! Many race horses train here in the winter months. Horse champions from distinguished races such as the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and even the Triple Crown are "affirmed" from Marion County.

Just so you know, Ocala not all about horses! Ocala National Forest is a kids and adult playground, biking, boating, ATV and much more! Check out this other guide to OFF ROAD fun in Ocala!  Here:  Ocala, Florida Off Road

Map of Ocala and the surrounding areas.

The Gypsy Gold Farm continues to evolve. 
Dennis hopes to construct an Education and Cultural Center at the Farm.

Besides the horses, You can also get up close to the Mules and Macaws.
Here's the link to the Gypsy Gold Tour in Ocala, Florida. link: GYPSY

Mules at Gypsy Vanner Farm

The Mules Are Sweet Too!

Gypsy Gold

Although you can't ride the Gypsy Vanner's at the farm, there is horseback riding in Ocala! Here are two horsebacking riding tours that we have taken, both are gentle rides. and very nice!

Our favorite ride is Makin'Tracks Trail Rides....
On this ride, you can swim with horses! It was too cold for my wimpy butt, but Jon got right in. You are not swimming beside them, you are taken gently though the small spring on their back. The horses love it too!
It is a family owned business and they have also rescued many horses, who were starving or needed medical attention. Many of the those horses are now enjoying the trails too! Here is the link for them: MakinTracks

Another choice is Cactus Jacks, This also was a very nice ride, calm, and the horses are in wonderful condition, lots of love!  Here is the link for them: Cactus Jacks. We will be searching out more riding facilities next time, only because we are more experienced and looking for a more lively ride.
For more horseback rides, check out this link: HorseRides


Ireland Horseback Riding

                                   Ireland Horse Back Riding

And this is where it ALL started for us!
Here we are in Ireland on Gypsy Vanner's, but in Ireland, they are referred to Irish Cobb's!
As mentioned above they have sweet personalities, but they also can move out! We were in an advanced riding group and it was awesome!  The ride was along the great Burren Trail near Doolin, Ireland.
Click Here For The Link To The Ireland Post! Ireland, When To Go?


Hope you can visit soon! If you need suggestions on where to stay in Ocala, check them out in this post: Ocala OFF ROAD.  There's more to Florida than Beaches and Disney Land!

Sell The Cow, Buy The Sheep, But Never Be Without The Horse
Irish Proverb

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