Smelling the rainbow

Smelling the rainbow

Dennis DeBruyne 

ABOUT MYSELF

  "WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T BUY HAPPINESS"
 
  I own and operate a small ranch in Central Alberta, Canada. I have been around horses and mules all my life. Some good ones and a few not so good. The not so good were smarter than me.
 Myself I have always been a mule man. To me good horses were needed to produce good mules. Not many a horse that could out drive, out work, out walk or out think my mules. So why bother using a horse.
 Then came the day when I was riding my spotted mule in the Calgary Stampede Parade. They place me in the front of all the horses because we were different. Next to me was this lady riding this hairy little draft horse. First time I seen one. That little Gypsy mare was getting more attention than my mule and that never happens. I kind of got to like that little mare as did my mule. That little Gypsy mare never batted an eye the whole parade.That was the start, I wanted a Gypsy mule. A year or so down the road I got to looking into them. Many a month spent on the internet looking dreaming and more looking. Lot of time spent on horses for sale that were listed but already sold. Lot of time sending emails, a lot of no replies and a lot of waiting for promised photos that never came. Finally came the day I contacted Jen at Desert Jewel Gypsies, then things started to happen. Jennifer went out of her way to help me in anyway she could. I was looking for two mares to break to drive, well Jen had more than two for sale and to make a long story short I drove away with a trailer load and never looked back. I don't think I trust myself to go back there because Jennifer has too many good ones for sale.
I think my neighbours around this county figure the reason I got these little draft horses was because I am getting a little long in the tooth. They seem to think that I need all that mane to hang on to. That I need something shorter to be able to climb onto, something docile as I don't get around as good as I used to and that I need some friends. Well they are not wrong.
So this is the start of my retirement.
 I would like to thank all the people that imported these magnificent horses into America enabling me the opportunity to own a few of these classy little Gypsy horses.
A special thanks to Jennifer at Desert Jewel for getting me started and going out of her way to point me in the right direction.

Also thanks to Tanya at EARresistable Mammoth Donkeys in Ontario for selling me two very beautiful two year old Gypsy fillies. They are even better than I hoped for.
Thanks also to the many people out there that let me use photos of their animals on our site, If any are wrong or should not be used let us know and we will take care of it.
I try to keep a safe and healthy environment for my horses. All are kept up to date with their deworming and trimmed.
  You may see the odd mule photo on this website, I am still going to have a few around. Just think a Gypsy mule, or two, or three.
Take care, hope all is well for you and your animals
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 ABOUT GYPSY HORSES
 
I am not going to go into too much detail on the different names these horses are called, where they came form, when the breed was started and all that. To me by the amount of websites, and articles I have read there is a lot of different opinions from a lot of different people. There is just too many good links out there to read and then get your own opinion.
Myself I just love the heavy traditional horses that the Gypsies loved. Looking at all the old photos of the famous horses is to me what they should look like.
Bloodlines don't make the horse but they lead you in the right direction.  
We need to remember that temperament should be the priority in any breed, conformation and then the colour.
People can say what they want but everyone including myself loves colour in a horse. Just don't let that rainbow of colours block your vision on the rest of the horse.
We need to be honest with ourselves as to what we are breeding and keep it the way the Gypsies wanted their horses to be.
 Like any other animal once you purchase one there is a commitment there to take care of that animal the best way you can. A little common sense goes a long way and remember you are their keeper.
If you are not sure of something ask, the only dumb question is one that is not asked.
Your animals will be depending on you and they will give you back tenfold what you put into them.
Please don't let them down.