Beautiful little Gypsy Vanner filly for sale. Born July 1, 2015. This is Rhapsody! She's a total lovebug, very people oriented and 'in your pocket'. She comes right up to the fence to meet you, loves getting attention and has no problem with strangers handling her. She's just over a month old in these photos and she's already had her first hoof trim and bath, both of which she was GREAT for! We're working on leading around, picking up hooves, standing nicely for grooming, getting in and out of the trailer, all those basics.... (read more) Rhapsody has a wonderful personality and laid back disposition that will make a wonderful addition to a lucky family.
Rhapsody is a bombshell blonde with ice blue eyes and a wide blaze. Here's an explanation of her color. She's a double dilute, either perlino (bay with two cream genes) or smoky cream (black with two cream genes). Her dam, Jazz is a smoky black, which means she is black with one cream gene. Her sire, Rock, is a buckskin, which is a bay horse with one cream gene. This little girl inherited the cream gene from both of her parents, so she is much lighter in color than either of them. She's a double dilute, either perlino (bay with two cream genes) or smoky cream (black with two cream genes). Both of these colors look very similar and without a DNA test, it is difficult to distinguish between the two. She will change color some as she sheds her baby fuzz, but will remain a very light gold color. Her eyes will stay blue.
Sire- Rock of Golden Oak Gypsies. Buckskin. 14.1 hands tall at three years of age and still growing.
Dam- Villa Vanner's June Bug (Jazz), daughter of the well know buckskin Taskin. Jazz is a smoky black, carrying one copy of the cream gene. She is a taller girl at 14.3
Both parents have the laid back, in your pocket personality the gypsies are known for. Jazz brings her baby right up to meet everyone, both of them love getting attention. Another awesome thing about Jazz is that she is a great mom and isn't afraid to correct Rhapsody for being too pushy. Jazz is doing a wonderful job teaching Rhapsody how to be polite and well mannered.
Now for the not so good news... Rhapsody has parrot mouth, which is a fluke thing in which her lower jaw is shorter than the top. There is no known cause for this, nor is there any cure. Both Jazz and Rock have excellent mouths and have produced other foals with normal bites, so there reason to think either of them have caused this malformation. Orthodontic procedures or braces are not effective in fixing the issue, plus they are very costly and painful for the horse. The vet said she should be able to eat just fine later in life, though likely she won't be able to graze as effectively as most horses. Being a gypsy and an easy keeper, this isn't a big deal at all. Rhapsody can graze some by just pulling with her lips; she is a smart girl and will improvise where needed. wink emoticon She'll just need to have her teeth done more often too, every 6 months or so. The more frequent floating will prevent hooks from forming on the top teeth in front or the back teeth in the bottom where there is no opposition to form a grinding surface. The misalignment should not cause any problems with having a bit in her mouth or affect her riding/driving capacity later on. While this problem is not known to be hereditary, it is not something that we would want to risk her passing on, so she will not ever be used for breeding. Aside from the shortened lower jaw, this filly is really well put together! Compact, stocky, well muscled with a cute little apple butt. Definitely healthy and thriving.
Rhapsody is for sale as a pet only; no registration and a contract stating that she will not be bred. Both of her parents are GVHS registered, so technically she is eligible for registration, though we are selling her without registration. We are asking $6,000 for her, but would be open to reasonable offers to the right home. This girl provides the perfect opportunity to get a filly at a very reduced price, normally what you'd expect to pay for a gelding.
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