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


Risk Level: at risk
Local Risk Level: unknown
Listed by DAD-IS
Horse breed from Iran

Informations about the rare Caspian

The Caspian Horse, a rare and ancient breed, boasts a lineage that dates back thousands of years, primarily found in Iran. Esteemed for its elegance, intelligence, and agility, the Caspian Horse is considered one of the oldest horse breeds in the world, with a size that belies its incredible strength and endurance. Despite its small stature, this breed has influenced the development of many other horse breeds throughout history.

Origin and history of the Caspian

Rediscovered in the 1960s by Louise Firouz, the Caspian Horse’s origins trace back to ancient Persia, where it was revered by nobility and commoners alike. Initially thought to be extinct, the Caspian has been pivotal in understanding horse domestication and breeding practices throughout history. Its resurgence has sparked a global interest in preserving this rare breed.

Character and features of the Caspian

Characterized by its spirited yet gentle temperament, the Caspian Horse stands between 100 to 120 cm, making it an ideal size for children and small adults. Its refined head, large eyes, and well-proportioned body highlight its ancient heritage. Coat colors vary, including bay, gray, chestnut, and black, further accentuating its beauty and versatility.

Utilisation of the rare Caspian

Traditionally valued for its speed and agility, the Caspian Horse excels in disciplines such as show jumping, dressage, and driving. Its intelligent and willing nature makes it an excellent choice for competitive sports, as well as for leisure riding. The Caspian’s endurance and adaptability also make it a preferred breed for therapeutic riding programs.

Current situation of the rare and endangered Caspian

The Caspian Horse is currently classified as a rare breed, with dedicated efforts underway to preserve its unique genetic heritage. Conservation programs, both in Iran and internationally, focus on sustainable breeding and promoting awareness of the Caspian’s historical and cultural significance. These initiatives aim to ensure the survival and prosperity of this ancient breed for future generations.

Native country




Risk Level

Critical: less than 100


100-120 cm

Coat colour

Bay, black, chestnut, grey



Forgotten horse

Rare and endangered

Other names of the Caspian horse

Caspian Horse — Kaspisches Kleinpferd — اسب کاسپین — Khazar Horse

Explore my Caspian 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 Caspian

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.



Breed show

Event calendar

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.
Caspian Horse Stallion
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Caspian 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 Caspian

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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