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


Risk Level: at risk
Local Risk Level: vulnurable
Listed by DAD-IS
Draft horse breed from France

Informations about the rare Boulonnais

The Boulonnais, also known as the “White Marble Horse,” is a draft horse breed known for its elegance and strength. Originating from France, this breed is distinguished by its muscular build and striking white or grey coat. The Boulonnais has a calm and cooperative temperament, making it a versatile workhorse and a favored breed for ceremonial purposes.

Origin and history of the Boulonnais

Originating from the Boulogne-sur-Mer region, the Boulonnais boasts a rich history dating back centuries. The Boulonnais horse’s origins can be traced back to the ancient times, with its lineage believed to include horses brought to France by Julius Caesar’s armies. Over the centuries, the breed was influenced by various horse breeds including Arabian horses, contributing to its refined appearance. Historically, it was utilized for heavy work, agricultural tasks, and as a war horse due to its strength and endurance.

Character and features of the Boulonnais

Standing between 155 to 180 cm at the withers, the Boulonnais displays a robust build marked by a distinctive head, broad chest, and characteristic feathering on the lower legs. Boulonnais horses are known for their gentle nature and intelligence. They possess a strong, compact body with a broad chest and powerful hindquarters, ideal for draft work. Their calm demeanor makes them easy to train and suitable for a variety of disciplines beyond draft work, including riding and show events.

Utilisation of the rare Boulonnais

Traditionally, the Boulonnais played a pivotal role in northern French agriculture, excelling in plowing fields, hauling heavy loads, and working in vineyards. Its strength and endurance were indispensable to farmers and winemakers alike. In contemporary times, the Boulonnais remains a valuable contributor to sustainable agriculture. Its elegance and strength also make it a popular choice for breeding and show competitions. Despite its historical role as a draft horse, the Boulonnais has adapted well to modern needs, showcasing its versatility and enduring appeal.

Current situation of the rare and endangered Boulonnais

While the Boulonnais is classified als vulnerable, its population faces challenges due to shifts in agricultural practices and modernization. Conservation efforts led by dedicated breed associations and enthusiasts focus on preserving genetic diversity, promoting responsible breeding, and educating the public about the breed’s historical and cultural significance.

As these conservation initiatives progress, the Boulonnais continues to embody the agricultural heritage of northern France. Its enduring strength, distinctive features, and gentle disposition secure its status as a cherished breed, symbolizing the lasting connection between the region’s past and its equine companions.

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Risk Level

Vulnurable: 6.200


155-180 cm

Coat colour

Grey, black, chestnut



Forgotten horse

Rare and endangered

Other names of the Boulonnais horse

Boulonnais Draft

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Where to find the rare Boulonnais

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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.
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