Photos and informations about the rare Bardigiano breed, Forgotten Horses a photographic project about endangered equines by The Pixel Nomad


Risk Level: at risk
Local Risk Level: endangered
Listed by DAD-IS
Mountain horse breed from Italy

Informations about the rare Bardigiano

The Bardigiano, a small but robust horse breed, originates from the Emilia-Romagna region, particularly around the Parma Apennines in Italy. Esteemed for its versatility and resilience, the Bardigiano is deeply ingrained in the local culture, contributing to agricultural work, transportation, and as a symbol of the region’s heritage. This breed’s adaptability to rugged terrain and mild temperament make it a cherished asset among its people.

Origin and history of the Bardigiano

The Bardigiano horse’s lineage traces back to ancient times, with its ancestors believed to have influenced the Roman cavalry. The breed’s development was shaped by the challenging Apennine landscape, leading to a horse that is both hardy and agile. Historically, the Bardigiano has been an integral part of local life, used for plowing fields, carrying goods, and riding through the mountainous terrain.

Character and features of the Bardigiano

Bardigiano horses are characterized by their compact size, typically standing between 140 to 150 cm tall, with a sturdy and well-muscled build. They possess a thick mane and tail, and their coat can range from dark bay to chestnut. Known for their calm and friendly disposition, Bardigianos are suitable for riders of all ages and skill levels, making them excellent family horses.

Utilisation of the rare Bardigiano

Traditionally, the Bardigiano has been utilized in agriculture, as well as for riding and light draft work. In recent years, its role has expanded to include equestrian sports, therapeutic riding, and as a companion animal. The breed’s endurance and agility also make it a popular choice for trail riding and competitive events in challenging terrains.

Current situation of the rare and endangered Bardigiano

The Bardigiano horse is currently facing challenges related to maintaining its population and genetic diversity. Efforts by breed associations and conservationists are focused on promoting sustainable breeding practices and raising awareness about the breed’s cultural and ecological value. These initiatives aim to preserve the Bardigiano as a vital part of Italy’s equine heritage.

Native country




Risk Level

Endangered: ca. 4.000


135-149 cm

Coat colour

Bay, black



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Rare and endangered

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Seasonal free roaming in the mountains

Other names of the Bardigiano horse

Cavallo Bardigiano — Bardi Horse

Explore my Bardigiano Photos


All my pictures of rare and endangered horses can be licensed for private, editorial and commercial usage, and ordered as Fine Art Print as well. In addition, the albums only show a part of my large archive. Contact me directly if you don’t find what you are looking for.

Where to find the rare Bardigiano

Here are some places where you can see where you can support the rare and endangered breed. Above all I want to thank everybody who works with me.


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Forgotten Horses Group on Facebook

This group is part of the Forgotten Horses project and aims to raise awareness of endangered horse breeds and therefore to contribute to the preservation of the diversity of horse breeds, further free living and wild horses.
The group provides information and facilitates international exchange on rare and endangered horse breeds.
Explorer Tour Italy: Bardigiano horse
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Bardigiano Photoshooting

Take part in my projects Forgotten Horses and Free Horses and consequently make an impact that matters. By photographing rare and endangered horses we can raise awareness to disappearing horse breeds and therefore preserve equine diversity.

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Professional photography of Bardigiano

Are you looking for professional photos of rare and endangered horse breeds? You will find a small selection of my pictures in the breed posts, however you may ask for more specific photos directly. In short, all my pictures can be licensed for private, editorial and commercial usage.


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