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Previously known as "The Natural Horsewoman", Owner Abby Malvestuto has taken her principles of patience, trust, and respect, and expanded on them through Work of Heart. Today, she is able to apply those same methods to her own horses and foals; ensuring that each horse, regardless of age or background, has a solid foundation for a successful life and career in any discipline as a well-adjusted member of any herd.


Barock Pintos:
Elegance & Athleticism

A relatively young horse breed started in the 1950's in the Netherlands, Barock Pinto horses are the product of crossing Friesian horses with Warmbloods. The resulting horse has the temperament, character, and beauty of the Friesian combined with the drive and athleticism of the warmblood.

All Barock Pinto foals produced by Work of Heart Farm come from DNA-verified championship pedigrees on both the Friesian and Warmblood sides. They are also eligible for double registration with both the Friesian Sporthorse Association (FSA) and the Barock Pinto Studbook (BPS). 


Gypsy Cobs:
Magical Beauty & Temperament

As a child, when I closed my eyes and imagined my dream horse it didn't look like Secretariat. It was a unicorn- one drenched in mane and feather; thick with bone and personality. It wasn't until I was 16 that I learned these horses had a name- the Gypsy Cob.

While the Gypsy Cob is also a relatively young horse breed, its pedigree and history are deeply entrenched in some of the oldest horse breeds; combined to serve a population of humans equally rich in history and folklore- The Romani people. While the exact origins of the breed are unknown since Romani history was passed down by word of mouth, what we DO know is that sometime around WWI the Romani people capitalized on the British Army's aversion for coloured horses to be purchased and used for war, and worked tirelessly to create a horse that could truly do it all.


By combining the small size of Fell and Dales ponies with the temperament, feather, and sturdiness of the Clydesdale and Shire horses, the end result was a horse that was trustworthy and safe for every member of the family- no matter how small. Stories abound of this even-tempered, unflappable, people-loving horse allowing small children to play between their feet, or be brought into the home during harsh weather. A horse bred for tight-knit family groups first and foremost, with looks to match. While faults in colour, pattern, feather, or conformation were seen as room for improvement, the Romany people would NEVER suffer an ill-tempered horse.

Irish Cob vs Gypsy Cob vs. Gypsy Vanner?

They're the same horse. In the UK (where they originated), these horses are known as Gypsy Cobs and have their registry in the mother studbook, the Traditional Gypsy Cob Association (TGCA). In 1996, when Gypsy Gold imported their own Gypsy Cobs to the United States, they established a new breed name and registry, the Gypsy Vanner Horse Society (GVHS). In 2003, a USA registry truly committed to the preservation of the UK breed standard was developed, the Gypsy Horse Registry of America (GHRA). Irish Cobs were developed by the Romany people who remained in Ireland, and also have their own registry, the Irish Cob Studbook (ICS). The one thing on which all people who are passionate about this horse agree: This breed isn't a colour- it's a type! Gypsy Cobs come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and patterns; sure to capture the hearts and souls of horse lovers worldwide. 

At Work of Heart Farm, we choose to pay respect to the rich history of our horses and prefer to call them Gypsy Cobs accordingly. We are also committed to the preservation of the breed to the original breed standard. As such, all Gypsy Cobs produced by Work of Heart Farm are DNA-verified and eligible for double registry with TGCA and GHRA.



* Friesian Sporthorse Association: Approved Mare

* 62.5% Friesian x 37.5% Dutch Warmblood

* Color Tested: liver/chestnut & white, homozygous pinto/tobiano (eeTT)

* 16.1hh+, cannon bone circumference: 9.5"+

* DOB: 5/26/2009

Sired by the prestigious Nico of Hidden Promise Sporthorses, Destiny has displayed exceptional grace, temperament, and athleticism since birth- all traits she has passed on to her Elite Book foals. Her incredible lineage features top-performing horses in the Friesian, Friesian Sporthorse, and Dutch Warmblood stratospheres (Nico x Leffert x Ed King Hill x Samber) as well as notable Warmbloods responsible for her stunning pinto pattern (Samber x Nico), her gorgeous amounts of thick, long mane (Oege), and her Baroque-Classic physique (Jochem x Leffert). She is, without a doubt, a dream come true. Despite her shorter height, Destiny has consistently thrown LARGE, baroque, Elite Book foals with ample amounts of bone, feather, mane, and height. 


Her pedigree speaks for itself and is further evidenced by her half-sister, reigning Grand Prix Dressage Queen Adiah HP (the family resemblance is striking), and her rising star half-nephew, Battlefield Angel HP "Ezra". She has powerful hind end movement, beautiful extension, and the brains and beauty to match. She is currently under training to elevate her from broodmare to confident riding and driving companion.

Being homozygous for the Pinto/Tobiano gene means that 100% of her foals will inherit her pattern. Destiny and her foals are registered by DNA with the Friesian Sporthorse Association and the Barock Pinto Studbook, USA.

Barock Pinto
Hermits Snow White

Hermits Snow White

* TGCA Registered Gypsy Cob

* Black Silver Dapple, Sabino (Blagdon), Tobiano (Ee, n/Z, n/SB1, Tt)

* 14.3h

* DOB: 6/23/20

* Mare

All the way from Yorkshire, UK, allow me to formally introduce Hermits Snow White!


A heavy, hairy, affectionate, 2 blue eye, TGCA registered, 3yo filly who will become the cornerstone of both my Gypsy Cob and Equine Assisted Therapy programs here at Work of Heart. She moves like a dream, her colour is Silver Black Dapple, Sabino (aka blagdon) Tobiano, and she has one more surprise: She will be coming here to the USA already in foal to Willowsway Lawbreaker ("Bandit") and due on July 22, 2024!!

This foal will come with the highly sought-after Hermits lineage plus the legendary pedigrees of SD Chanel, Bob the Blagon, The Lob, The Producer, The Roadsweeper UK, White Horse, Old Paddy Horse, and so many more staples of Traditional Gypsy Cob quality.

There is a very good chance this foal will be staying, but stay tuned! Foal color possibilities: black sabino (like dad), silver dapple sabino, black tobiano, silver dapple tobiano.

More info, pics, and videos to come and I CANNOT be more honored to have her in my program!

Gypsy Cobs
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