I have fallen in love with the Halflinger breed. If the lady tries to sell her, I would buy her in a heartbeat. She's a giant Teddy bear! She apparently knows how to drive too. There is another Halflinger on the farm too, but she is much smaller.
Do you see a lot of Gypsy's out in Ireland?
i can totally understand that!
they are very cuddly indeed! can be very stubborn too but you can forgive them so easily when your wrapped in their huge mane. my step sis had one that ended up to be 28 years old lol. amazing, because he was heavily broken winded.
tbh there are more proper tinker horses in germany and holland than there are in ireland. you do have heavy coloured horses but the real beautiful gypsy vanners are rare enough.
the traveller horses today that you see tied up beside the road are small starving ponies that are chased along a main road in a cart for trotting races...
you will be searching a good lil while before you find something like this;
the coloured ponies you find at horse fares look more like this;
and the traditional traveller ponies now-a-days are these;
the more common breeds you'll see in fields are connemaras, thoroughbreds and thoroughbred mixes and of course irish sport horses of all shapes and sizes and colours.