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 give them a new platform and to preserve equine diversity.
Horses don't fight wars, transport letters nor cultivate land anymore, but is this a reason to let them die out?
Promoting always the same few breeds for the sake of profit can't be a goal of breeders and equestrian societies.
The loss of equine diversity goes hand in hand with the alarming trend of having less and lesser biodiversity on a global scale.
Let's work together and give Forgotten Horses a push in public consciousness by raising awareness to this matter.
Learn more about the Forgotten Horses I have met and photographed. The breed gallery will updated continuously.
Preserve equine diversity
The numbers of the FAO Bioversity Report 2019 are shocking and although they are about all livestock breeds (which includes horses), it shows an alarming trend, that probably one quarter of the equine population faces extinction and the risk status of half of the equine breeds is unknown or vulnerable.
- 7 745 local breeds of livestock are still in existence
- 26% of these are at risk of extinction
- The risk status of 67% is unknown
- Only 7% are not at risk
An incomplete and unofficial list of Forgotten Horses
The list of extinct and vanished equine breeds is incredibly long and most horse breeds died out because they were not needed any more. This is still a problem of many existing breeds and types, but it also seems that breeding societies and clubs prefer to promote only a few, more “profitable” breeds and tend to forget about the others.
During my research I created a list of mostly european horse breeds, which is definitely incomplete and more names will be added. All horses are listed as critical, threatened/endangered, vulnerable, at risk, recovering or restored by one of the above mentioned societies. I also added horse breeds which are not listed officially, but have such small numbers that they should be recognised by any list, but aren’t for various reasons.
Please don’t hesitate to write me if you want to support me in my mission, know addresses, breeders or contacts of any of the listed breeds or if you have knowledge about other breeds which I haven’t listed.
- Gesellschaft zur Erhaltung alter und gefährdeter Haustierrassen e. V.
- Arche Austria
- Rare Breeds Survival Trust
- A Sociedade Portuguesa de Recursos Genéticos Animais
- Associazione Italiana Allevatori
- Ministerio de Agricultura, Pesca y alimentación
- The Livestock Conservancy
- Heritage Livestock Canada
- Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand
- Rare Breed Trust of Australia
- Equus Survival Trust
Alberta Mountain Horse / Alberta Wildie
American Cream Draft
Andravida horse / Eleia Horse
Assateague / Chincoteague Pony
Bosnian Mountain Pony
British Spotted Pony
Cavallo del Cicolano
Cavallo Romano della Maremma Laziale
Cheval de Megève
Colonial Spanish Horse Belsky Type
Cumberland Island Horse
Dartmoor Hill Pony
Delft Island Horse
Dilboss / Delbaz / Deliboss
Elegesi Qiyus Wild Horse / Cayuse
Euskal Herriko Mendiko Zald
Faroe Island Pony
Hucul / Huzule / Carpathian
Irish Draught Horse
Karabaier / Karabairskaya
Karachai / Karatschaever
Kerry Bog Pony
Kisber Felver / Kisbéri
Knabstrub (Barock Type)
Kundudo Horse / Qundudo
Letea Forest Horse / Danube Delta Horse
Leutstettener Pferd / Sárvárer Pferd
Lithuanian Heavy Draught
Livno Mountain Horse
Macedonier / Vardarska
Marquesas Island Horse
Monterufoli Pony / Monterufolino
Mountain Pleasure Horse
Muraközer / Murinsulaner / Međimurje / Muraközi /
Namib Desert Horse
New Forest Pony
Nonius / Nóniusz
Pinkafelder / Pinkaföer
Pónei da Terceira
Posavina / hrvatski posavac
Pyrénées catalanes / Cavall Pirenenc Catalá / CPC
Rocky Mountain Horse
Sable Island Horse
Sächsisch-Thüringisches Schweres Warmblut
Samolaco / Chiavennese
Schweres Warmblut Ostfriesen / Altoldenburger
Serbian mountain pony
Tori Horse (Old-Tori)
TPR (Cavallo italiano da tiro pesante rapido)
Trait du Nord
Welsh Mountain Pony
Wjatka / Vyatka
Yomud / Iomud / Yamud
Do you own a rare or endangered breed?
Do you own an endangered breed, volunteer for a trust or work on a stud? Or do you ride and train a horse that could represent its breed? I would love to portrait your horses as part of my Forgotten Horses project. Let’s set up a session to capture the breed in various contexts.