Black Forest Winter Magic

In the most magnificent winter day I had a wonderful time with Black Forest draft horses in the snowy Black Forest.

Winter wonder land and Black Forest horses

Fresh powder snow and sunlight, this was seriously the first time for me! It might sound silly, but as horse photographer you don’t always get lucky to have such perfect conditions for a photo session. Especially, since in the past years we have less snow in the winter, or sometimes even too much so horses can’t move anymore. For once I was at the right time at the right place!

Black Forest draft horses in the snow

Black Forest draft horses are one of my personal favourite breeds. I love photographing any draft horse, but the lighter draft breed Schwarzwälder always holds a special place in my heart.

For this tiny winter tour I went to meet again the Black Forest horses of the Blattert family: they are one of the few breeders who have the very rare bay and black horses within the breed. First we took pictures of the mare herd in the snow, then of the only living black Black Forest horse, the stallion Ramos.

Sleigh ride in the Black Forest

The conditions couldn’t be more perfect for a sleigh ride through the Black Forest Winter Wonder Land. If you ever visit the Black Forest, I can highly recommend the same in winter (January / February) or a drive with the carriage during the rest of the year. Contact Helmut Faller of the Black forest horse breeding association for details.

Forgotten Horses Group on Facebook

This group is part of the Forgotten Horses project and aims to raise awareness of endangered horse breeds and to contribute to the preservation of the diversity of horse breeds and free living and wild horses.
The group provides information and facilitates international exchange on rare and endangered horse breeds.
Explore Equine Photography with me

Adventurous Equine Photo Tours

Let us escape on an exciting journey full of horse photography, beautiful places and great people. My Explorer events can be one-day adventures or extend to large expeditions. With changing destinations and themes we will never be bored. You have the choice, I would be happy to welcome you.

Preserve equine diversity

Forgotten Horses

Almost 60% of our equine breeds are endangered or have a vulnerable status with such small populations, that their destiny often depends on the selfless commitment of individual persons. It is my mission now to explore rare and endangered horse breeds and to raise awareness by giving them a new platform and to preserve equine diversity.

Discover the world of equines

Horses of the world

This is a horse breed gallery to show the horses of the world I have photographed for my projects Forgotten Horses and Free Horses, as well as during my other photographic actives, events and travels. 

Explorer Tour Italy: Bardigiano horse
Forgotten Horses


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

Forgotten Horses


Risk Level: at risk
Local Risk Level: unkown
Listed by DAD-IS
Mountain horse breed from the Carparthes

Forgotten Horses

Dales Pony

Risk Level: at risk
Local Risk Level: Critical
Listed by DAD-IS, RBST


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