Explorer Tour

09.2019 Explorer Tour: Former Austria’s Forgotten Horses

Travel dates: 12.9.-18.9.2019

Destination: Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Hungary

Pickup: tbd.

Spot available: BOOKED

Priceon request, calculated individually

  • incl. travel expenses
  • incl. accommodation during tour
  • incl. snacks and drinks
  • excl. meals

Topic: Let’s explore Forgotten Horse breeds of Former Austria, meaning the former royal-emperial Austria-Hungary monarchy. The Dual-monarchy produced very fine horse breeds which survived the fall of the empire and still exist today — yet they are almost forgotten and at risk! Royal show horses such as Lipizzan and Kladruber horses, as well as cavalry breeds which influenced the modern warmblood breeds like Furioso-North Star, Gidran, Przedswit and Nonius, Shagya-Arabians, draft horses and mountain ponies are on our list. We will trace down different rare breeds in the Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Hungary and have photo sessions on national studs as well as with private persons.

Photo equipment: We will have mainly staged photo sessions with portraits, running free herds and ridden or driven sessions. You can’t do nothing wrong with your standard 70-200 mm Iens, but I strongly encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and take the opportunity to try out new lenses. To include landscapes, a 35 mm is a good choice, and to be more flexible a 24-105 mm or similar zoom is a great alternative.

Outfit and tack: It is late summer and we will spend much time outdoor. So prepare for hot weather and strong sun, but maybe rain, since we change climates and landscapes fast. Important is to bring good shoes because we will walk a lot to free roaming horses and herds. I recommend bringing a hat and sunscreen to protect from the sun. Don’t forget to bring some beach wear 😉

Fitness: Tours including hiking require a basic level of fitness or at least you should be determined to reach the destination (at your pace 😉 ). I’m also a slow hiker compared to the mountain folk, but I have a strong will to grow beyond my limits. (the photos will be worth it and after a few days you will forget the pain).

Weather: We will take pictures in any weather, except in thunder storms. Weather in the mountains can be extreme and slightly unpredictable, but safety is more important than being struck by lightning for a horse photo. Worst case, the sessions on exposed areas must be cancelled.

Social: The Explorer Tour is very intense and we will spend much time together. For this reason I reserve the right to pick the best candidate for a tour, to ensure we will get along well. My two dogs travel with us and it is important that you are not afraid nor allergic of dogs.


Your Equine Photography Adventure starts here

Join me on one of my scouting tours and discover new horses and new locations with me. During my micro photo tours I’m on the constant search for new exciting models and breathtaking backgrounds. therefore I’m travelling for a weekend or a few days in Germany or in the neighbour countries and schedule photo sessions: from the vast beaches of the North Sea to the panoramic summits of the Alps, in forests and fields, in castles and barns.

Each Explorer Tour is unique! And each tour is a micro adventure. Discover rare equine breeds, free horses, golden Haflingers and other horse beauties with me.

  • Weekend or extended weekend tour
  • Around 2-4 photo sessions a day
  • Personal coaching in your field of interest (optional)
  • Only one (or max. 2) spots available

Exciting and intense

The explorer tour is no wellness holiday 😉 depending on the distances I will organise 2 to 4 photo sessions a day. This can be exhausting and we will also spend a lot of time on the road. We will meet horses who have never had a shooting before and are unknown to the community. At the same time I also enjoy meeting experienced horse models which are a dream to work with. Each Explorer Tour is unique, individual and a small adventure.


Perform photography on a new level

How to handle unexperienced horses? How to check out the location and search for the best spots? How to instruct the owner and helpers for the best poses? How to work flexible and spontaneous in a short amount of time? How to tickle the best out of a situation? How to process the photos a whole session in Adobe Bridge and Lightroom? How to tackle hard-to-edit pictures in Photoshop? How to manage and secure all the data?

I can teach you in a broad field of techniques and efficient workflows or guide you through your photographic problems.

No teacher-student situation wanted? Don't worry, we can also meet at eye level and inspire each other by sharing our photographic secrets and enjoy the tour.


Upcoming Explorer Tours

Have a look at my plans and don't hesitate to contact and book. I usually have only one spot available!

Do you want to see photos of past Explorer Tours on Instagram? Have a look at #explorer_tour and see the results of the other photographers who joined me for a tour.

  • "Werifesteria" (Old English)- (v.)to wander longingly through the forest in search of mystery. (Gefunden auf Pinterest)

Ein weiteres Bild von dem tollen Wochenende mit Cécile von @thepixelnomad. 
Für mich geht es morgen schon wieder los Richtung Süden. Allerdings nicht zum fotografieren sondern mit dem Büro. Zum einen steht ein "kennenlernmeeting" mit dem neuen Team an, welches aus 3 Einzelstandorten zusammengelegt wird und dann heißt es Weihnachtsfeier. ⁣#laujumaphotography #explorer_tour #berge #mountain #mountainview #haflinger #haflingersofinstagram #equinephotography #horsephotography #bestofequines #mountainhigh #europaspferde #pferdeschoenheiten #equinephotolove ⁣#paard #herde #horsephotog #teamcanon #caballo #horsephotographer #mountainlove #visittirol #wandern #hiking #cheval #österreich #wilderness #almsommer #foal
  • 5 year old Napolitano stallion "Napolitaine V", photographed during our Explorer Tour to southern Italy's Forgotten Horses. What do you think of this horse??
The Napolitano breed got recognised in the Italian registry in 2006, after they were listed as extinct since 1950. There are only few photos of these horses, but @equestrianwriter  managed to organise this photo session and despite rain and storms we finally were able to take pictures by the barn :) #thepixelnomad #vordielinse #equineexplorers #explore_forgottenhorses #rareequinebreeds #rareequines #rarehorses #forgottenhorses #culturalheritage #equinephotography #pferdefotografie #horsephotography #yourshotphotographer #gonative #equineexplorers @equine.explorers #raw_horses #napoletano #cavallonapoletano #neapolitaner #neapolitanerpferd #napolitanhorse #stallone #cavallo #hengst #europaspferde  #bestofequines #explorer_tour
  • Have you ever heard of the Muraközi horse? Also called Murinsulaner in German or Međimurje in Slovenia and Croatia. It is a very old draft horse breed of the valley of the river Mur, rising in the eastern alps of Austria and flows through Sloveni, Croatia and Hungary. As a matter of fact, the FAO lists this breed as extinct in Slovenia, they don't even appear on the lists of Hungary and Austria anymore. Only in Croatia are less than 50 horses left in the database! During my research for this breed I found hungarian articles recommending farmers to add horses to the pastures used for cattle, to help the Muraközi horse to survive. After hours of writing emails and translating agricultural articles with google translate I was able to track down a breeder, but I couldn't get in touch with him. Sadly I started my Explorer Tour towards Hungary without any appointment for this horse. But at our first location for Hucul horses in the Aggektelek national park we got a big surprise! In the semi wild living Hucul herd with the stallions we spotted an oddly big Pony which didn't really fit it. The stud owner told us, this is a cold blood and when I asked him after the Muraközi horses he said yes and later showed us, that he had a few other horses in the barn! I was so happy and blessed, and although language barrier (I didn't speak any language he knows and vice versa, we had conversations with hand and feet and google translate) we managed a photo session with his horses. 
So I may present: Murinsulaner stallion Zsivany! One of the gems during my tour! As you can see, they are light and small draft horses, come mostly in black and have very nice movements. Do you know any of the breed or have you been in touch with? I would love to hear about it!
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 𝑺𝒄𝒐𝒕𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒗𝒊𝒃𝒆𝒔 - I have so many pictures which I haven't published yet.. 😅 So I want to share this big boi in the Scottish Highlands, probably calling for his ancestors 😍😜 During my trip in June I met a gorgeous herd of Highland Ponies and I fell in love with the breed. Photographing them in their natural environment and in the scenery of the Cairngorms is just the icing on the cake. I can't wait to get back there, I'm planning a big Equine Photography Expedition = a photo tour for photographers for September 2020, would you join to meet this guy and take photos in the Highlands?⁣
#thepixelnomad #vordielinse #equineexplorers #explore_forgottenhorses #rareequinebreeds #rareequines #rarehorses #forgottenhorses #culturalheritage #equinephotography #pferdefotografie #horsephotography #yourshotphotographer #gonative #equineexplorers @equine.explorers #explore_freehorses #pferdeschoenheiten #explorer_tour #europaspferde #highlandpony #highlands #cairngorms #scottishhighlands #highlandcollective #bestofequines @lisa.lou7  #scotspirit #lovescotland #explorescotland
  • The mysterious Napoletano horse finally uncovered! Why is this breed such a mystery? The Napoletano horse, one of the oldest breeds and foundation of so many European horse breeds was officially extinct in 1950 and if you search for them online, you will mostly find old illustrations and paintings from back in the days. The Studbook got recreated in 2006 after one breeder put a lot of energy in tracing down horses in the region around Naples in southern Italy. The reopening of the studbook and the back breeding programme became of course a public interest in the equestrian world, but only few people got in touch with the breeder and the horses. If you are familiar with southern italy, you can probably relate that people there are charming, yet “complicated” when something becomes their passion. The very talented @equestrianwriter managed to get some appointments and this way the main reason for our Naples Trip this weekend. We finally met a few Napoletano horses and did our beat in documenting them and write down their story. Or better said: Jess writes the story, I make the photos 😋 perfect team work, I could get used to this! And Jess did a fantastic job in aligning more appointments this weekend, more posts about the Forgotten Horses in Naples will follow soon. 
So here for you an exclusive picture of the mysterious Napoletano horse, 3 year old stallion Il Favorito. The Napoletano horse (re-)exists and I’m very curious about the continuation of this breed!

#thepixelnomad #vordielinse #equineexplorers #explore_forgottenhorses #rareequinebreeds #rareequines #rarehorses #forgottenhorses #culturalheritage #equinephotography #pferdefotografie #horsephotography #yourshotphotographer #gonative #equineexplorers @equine.explorers #raw_horses #napoletano #cavallonapoletano #napoletanohorse #cavallo #cavalloitaliano #explorer_tour
  • #failfriday

Ist es der absolute FailFriday wenn man die ganze Woche wartet um ein Bild zu posten und dann hat man einfach Freitags keine Zeit und postet es doch erst Sonntags? #fail 😂😂 Aber nun zum Bild: IST DAS NICHT EIN SCHÖNER AMPFER? Nur das Pferd in Hintergrund stört vll ein bisschen 🤔🤔😂 tja, da kommt der Botaniker in mir durch 🤷🏼‍♀️ Nein mal im Ernst, der wunderschöne Shagya Hengst Nandy ist an diesem traumhaften Abend der #explorer_tour auf Befehl seiner Besitzerin @nikolmikulcova mehrfach so großartig gestiegen - aber ich bilde mir natürlich dass das hier das schönste Steigen überhaupt war 😩😅 ein absolutes FailBild halt.

Thank you nikol for the wonderful time we had with you and your horse - sorry for the fail photo 😂🤣 but there are going to come more of Nandy - possibly even some where he is the Center of attention 😜😜 Die Explorer Tour wurde von @thepixelnomad organisiert - ich kann sie jedem Fotografen nur wärmstens empfehlen 🤩

#shagya #grey #schimmel #stallion #steigen #horseoftheday #equestrianphotography #equinephotography #mrreitsportfotografie #horseofinstagram #horselove #botany
  • 😜😜😜 #nowordsneeded #gesichtsclown #weekendfeeling #stretching #horseoftheday #equestrianphotography #equinephotography #mrreitsportfotografie #horseofinstagram #horselove #explorer_tour @equine.explorers @thepixelnomad @karacajevskykun
  • Sundown 🤩🤩☀️🌄 Ich glaube dieses Bild könnte zu meinen absoluten Lieblingsbildern des ganzen Jahres gehören 😊😊🤩 als die Herde an uns vorbei galoppierte konnte man im Gegenlicht kaum sehen ob der Fokus passte oder nicht - da galt es sich auf seine Erfahrung zu verlassen und vielleicht auch auf ein bisschen Glück zu hoffen! 😊

Ich wünsche euch allen morgen einen guten Start ins Wochenende 🤩😍 Dieses tolle Bild entstand auf einer #explorer_tour von @thepixelnomad 
One of my Favorite pics of this year!! #pferdepost_123 #silouette #paardenfotografie
#horse #horses #horsepassion #horsepower #caballo #hest #häst @eq_horses4ever @raw_horses_ #raw_community #pferdemädchen #beauty #lovely #favorite #horseoftheday #pferdeschönheiten #pferdepost_kleinacc #soulhorses #horselover #horselover #horsesofinstagram @karacajevskykun
  • I still owe you an explanation and a reason, why we shouldn't call the Black Forest breed "Schwarzwälder Fuchs" (= Black Forest chestnut) anymore, but only "Schwarzwälder Kaltblut" ( = Black Forest draft) or simply Schwarzwälder. There aren't many non-chestnuts within the breed, but they still exist! Bays, whites and even black horses. In the 1970s the breed was on the brink of extinction and only 4 stallions and around 160 mares were left. Most of them chestnuts, but also at least one bay and one grey mare survived and gave their colours to the next generations. To compare, around 1900 there were 40% chestnuts, 37% bays, 13% blacks and 10% greys in the breed, today we have 1% non-chestnuts, to be precise there is one grey mare and 9 bay mares. Und I was super lucky to meet the only two stallions in special edition: a brown and a black one. 
The Schwarzwälder Kaltblut is listed as endangered horse breed by the GEH, but gains more and more fans since a few years.

On the photo: Schwarzwälder stallion Landuin owned by the Schütz family. tomorrow I will post a black one!

#thepixelnomad #vordielinse #equineexplorers #explore_forgottenhorses #rareequinebreeds #rareequines #rarehorses #forgottenhorses #culturalheritage #equinephotography #pferdefotografie #horsephotography #yourshotphotographer #gonative #equineexplorers @equine.explorers #raw_horses #schwarzwälder #schwarzwälderfuchs #schwarzwälderkaltblut #drafthorse #drafthorses #kaltblut #kaltblutmagazine #bestofequines #pferdeschönheiten #europaspferde @carinaina1 #explorer_tour

Each Explorer Tour is highly individual and I don't intend to repeat identical tours. Compared to a planned and scheduled Photo Expedition, we will be confronted with the unexpected and some Explorer Tours can be surprising. This is why the Explorer Tours have reasonable prices and are mainly calculated to cover the costs. Please contact me for price and detail of a tour.

Application. Explorer Tours are very intense and we will spend much time together. For this reason I reserve the right to pick the best candidate for a tour, to ensure we will get along well. 

Dates. Most tours are published on short notice because they are dependent on weather conditions and on my schedule. I generally don’t publish any schedules because details are subjects to change until the travel date. You may always contact me for my unpublished travel plans.

Dogs. My two dogs travel with us and it is important that you are not afraid nor allergic of dogs.

Fitness. Tours including hiking require a basic level of fitness or at least a determination to grow beyond your limits.

Private Usage. All Photos can be used for your portfolio, your website, social media accounts and your private usage. For the owners and models you need to send 3 edited photos per session not later than 6 months after our tour.

Commercial Usage. Commercial use is possible, if you send 10 photos per session not later than 3 months after our tour, or at least before the intended commercial usage.

Locations. You may publish the locations of our sessions on your social media channels with the location tag or with a hashtag. But never forward the details of the tour, the exact locations, contacts to owners or schedule to anybody else, also if you are asked about. Everybody should do their own research.

Publishing. Please use the hashtag #explorer_tour and „Picture made during the Explorer Tour with @thepixelnomad“ (or something similar) when publishing the photos.

Experience. You should have a basic experience in photography and know your camera. Coaching is an optional offer for specific horse photography related topics, but the Explorer Tour is no ideal condition to teach you the basics of photography.

Idea. The Explorer Tour is mostly a scouting tour or connected to my free projects. The  concept of the tour is to share the experiences and locations with other photographers, connect and inspire and to cover the costs of such a trip.


  • Each tour has an individual price, contact me before the tour
  • Don't be allergic or afraid of dogs
  • Basic level of fitness for tours with hiking
  • Explorer Tours are very intense and have a tough schedule
  • No regular booking: Please apply to the tour and let's have a chat to find out, if we will get along well
  • The Pixel trade: offer me your goods or service with equal value and we can have a deal.


  • Unique photo models and locations
  • 2-4 photo sessions per day
  • Reasonable accommodation
  • Pick-up from station or airport
  • Transport and travel costs during tour
  • Breakfast
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Discussions & inspiration
  • General performance and instructions

Additional costs

  • Individual coaching within your personal need and interest (optional)
  • Food and meals
  • Arrival / travel expenses to pick-up
  • Fitting gear and tack, depending on the tour topic
  • Your camera equipment
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Are our interested to become an Explorer? Write me with a few words about you, your work and a link to your portfolio and I promise I will write you back. This is the only way to apply for a tour, I'm looking forward to hear from you.



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