Forgotten Horses

PRESERVE EQUINE DIVERSITY

Forgotten Horses

1 %
are at risk
1 %
have an unknown status
1 %
are not at risk
PRESERVE EQUINE DIVERSITY

More than 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 to explore rare and endangered horse breeds and to give them a new platform the goal to raise awareness to disappearing horse breeds and 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.

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BREED PORTRAITS

Forgotten Horses

Learn more about the Forgotten Horses I have met and photographed. The breed gallery will updated continuously.

THE STORY OF THE PROJECT

Preserve Equine diversity

The FAO counts 734 horse breeds worldwide, of which 456 have an unknown status, 256 are at risk and only 22 are not at risk.

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 more than 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

My main source is the Domestic Animal Diversity Information System (DAD-IS) provided by the FAO. As you can see in the illustrations, the risk status of most horses breeds are unknown.

Risk status of local horse breeds by continent, November 2019
Risk status of local horse breeds by continent, Simplified version, November 2019

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  • Hello from Berlin! I will spend a few days here because I’m attending a conference for design, getting new input for my work as Interface designer and for Design conceptions and strategies. If these words sound like utter nonsense to you, don’t worry! We designers like to keep our work and titles fancy 😅 however, I believe even the smallest business needs a concept to be successful. Design is much more than making something beautiful, design is a strategy, an architecture and concept. A good design is functional and is invisible. A design strategy is the most powerful tool to improve the overall experience for your customers and not only get your sales up, but also keep them happy. 
Have you ever thought about design in your (photography) business? .
On this picture is the beautiful Shagya Arab stallion Nandy, photographed in the amazing scenery of the Slovak Tatra mountains 🥰
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  • 5 year old Napolitano stallion "Napolitaine V", photographed during our Explorer Tour to southern Italy's Forgotten Horses. What do you think of this horse??
The Napolitano breed got recognised in the Italian registry in 2006, after they were listed as extinct since 1950. There are only few photos of these horses, but @equestrianwriter  managed to organise this photo session and despite rain and storms we finally were able to take pictures by the barn :) #thepixelnomad #vordielinse #equineexplorers #explore_forgottenhorses #rareequinebreeds #rareequines #rarehorses #forgottenhorses #culturalheritage #equinephotography #pferdefotografie #horsephotography #yourshotphotographer #gonative #equineexplorers @equine.explorers #raw_horses #napoletano #cavallonapoletano #neapolitaner #neapolitanerpferd #napolitanhorse #stallone #cavallo #hengst #europaspferde  #bestofequines #explorer_tour
  • Have you ever heard of the Muraközi horse? Also called Murinsulaner in German or Međimurje in Slovenia and Croatia. It is a very old draft horse breed of the valley of the river Mur, rising in the eastern alps of Austria and flows through Sloveni, Croatia and Hungary. As a matter of fact, the FAO lists this breed as extinct in Slovenia, they don't even appear on the lists of Hungary and Austria anymore. Only in Croatia are less than 50 horses left in the database! During my research for this breed I found hungarian articles recommending farmers to add horses to the pastures used for cattle, to help the Muraközi horse to survive. After hours of writing emails and translating agricultural articles with google translate I was able to track down a breeder, but I couldn't get in touch with him. Sadly I started my Explorer Tour towards Hungary without any appointment for this horse. But at our first location for Hucul horses in the Aggektelek national park we got a big surprise! In the semi wild living Hucul herd with the stallions we spotted an oddly big Pony which didn't really fit it. The stud owner told us, this is a cold blood and when I asked him after the Muraközi horses he said yes and later showed us, that he had a few other horses in the barn! I was so happy and blessed, and although language barrier (I didn't speak any language he knows and vice versa, we had conversations with hand and feet and google translate) we managed a photo session with his horses. 
So I may present: Murinsulaner stallion Zsivany! One of the gems during my tour! As you can see, they are light and small draft horses, come mostly in black and have very nice movements. Do you know any of the breed or have you been in touch with? I would love to hear about it!
  • Wild horses in Europe? What is “wild” anyway? The correct term would be feral or semi-feral, since the ancestors were normal horses. I refer to these horses as wildlings or simply Free Horses, which covers all forms of wild’ish or free roaming horses and doesn’t imply the romantic idea of a “wild horse”. Most horses in Europe live in semi wild conditions and it is very hard to draw a line between the different forms of freedom. There are however a few places where you can find very wild horses, feral horses living all year long in freedom without interference of people.  One of these places is Wales! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 you will find family bands and small herds and gives you the opportunity to observe equine behaviour in a very natural way. In addition you will meet a large set of very colourful ponies like this most amazing Welsh Mountain pony stallion: dappled palomino with big white markings and blue eyes ❤️❤️❤️ he was very busy overseeing his family and I couldn’t get any closer, but probably that’s for the best because otherwise I would have captured him to take him with me 😅🤣🥰 this way he will populate the mountains with more little palomino foals, which is also very fine to me 😊✌🏽 #thepixelnomad #vordielinse #culturalheritage  #explore_freehorses #wildhorsepc #wildhorse #wildhorsephotos #wildpferd #wildlifephotography #protectwildhorses #freehorses #horsephotography #yourshotphotographer #europaspferde #equineexplorers @equine.explorers #raw_horses #explore_forgottenhorses #rareequinebreeds #rareequines #rarehorses #forgottenhorses #culturalheritage #welshmouhtainpony #welshpony #feralpony #wildwales #breconbeacons #breconbeaconsnationalpark
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 𝑺𝒄𝒐𝒕𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒗𝒊𝒃𝒆𝒔 - I have so many pictures which I haven't published yet.. 😅 So I want to share this big boi in the Scottish Highlands, probably calling for his ancestors 😍😜 During my trip in June I met a gorgeous herd of Highland Ponies and I fell in love with the breed. Photographing them in their natural environment and in the scenery of the Cairngorms is just the icing on the cake. I can't wait to get back there, I'm planning a big Equine Photography Expedition = a photo tour for photographers for September 2020, would you join to meet this guy and take photos in the Highlands?⁣
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  • Erasmo delle Fiocche, a 3 year old Salernitano stallion and probably my favourite of the session 😍 The Salernitano is a warmblood originating southern Italy in the region around Salerno, nearby Naples, which were used a military horses and cavalry in history. In the first instance they were created by using spanish horses, turkish barbs and local breeds as the Napoletano, but in the 19th century the Salernitano go influenced and formed by adding thoroughbred. With the second world war the population suffered and got decimated and after the war, nobody needed military horses anymore. It's the same story and almost all old warmblood breeds share the same fate. Today the breed is critically endangered with 4 stallions and only a few brood mares, there is only one private stud and two governmental breeding facilities who keep the lines of these charming horses alive. At the Allevamento delle Fiocche the horses found a new job in show jumping, which the horses I have seen did very well (and high 🚀 ). So let's hope the beautiful Erasmo will have a good career and make some offspring in this breed, and if you ever consider buying a show jumper or hunter: check out the Salernitano :) #thepixelnomad #vordielinse #equineexplorers #explore_forgottenhorses #rareequinebreeds #rareequines #rarehorses #forgottenhorses #culturalheritage #equinephotography #pferdefotografie #horsephotography #yourshotphotographer #gonative #equineexplorers @equine.explorers #raw_horses @equestrianwriter #salernitano #salernitanohorse #salerner #cavallosalernitano #cavallo #satllone #allevamentodellefiocche
  • The mysterious Napoletano horse finally uncovered! Why is this breed such a mystery? The Napoletano horse, one of the oldest breeds and foundation of so many European horse breeds was officially extinct in 1950 and if you search for them online, you will mostly find old illustrations and paintings from back in the days. The Studbook got recreated in 2006 after one breeder put a lot of energy in tracing down horses in the region around Naples in southern Italy. The reopening of the studbook and the back breeding programme became of course a public interest in the equestrian world, but only few people got in touch with the breeder and the horses. If you are familiar with southern italy, you can probably relate that people there are charming, yet “complicated” when something becomes their passion. The very talented @equestrianwriter managed to get some appointments and this way the main reason for our Naples Trip this weekend. We finally met a few Napoletano horses and did our beat in documenting them and write down their story. Or better said: Jess writes the story, I make the photos 😋 perfect team work, I could get used to this! And Jess did a fantastic job in aligning more appointments this weekend, more posts about the Forgotten Horses in Naples will follow soon. 
So here for you an exclusive picture of the mysterious Napoletano horse, 3 year old stallion Il Favorito. The Napoletano horse (re-)exists and I’m very curious about the continuation of this breed!

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  • Ciao from Italia! I’m currently travelling in Campania / Naples with @equestrianwriter searching for the ancient Italian horse breeds Persano, Salernitano and Neapolitano. All three breeds have a very moving history and are endangered horses. This doesn’t make it easy finding the horses, setting up sessions and interviews with breeders, owners and experts, but I’m super happy that Jess, the @equestrianwriter did the organising this time and found the right people! Together we are exploring, discovering, uncovering and documenting the status quo of these three breeds, of which is little information available (online). Tomorrow will be our last day and if everything goes well and the weather won’t be too bad, we will even go to the beach 😎 November in Campania reminds me of german Summer 😂😂 if the sun comes out it’s almost hot, so  it’s nice to get some good weather before returning to Germany tomorrow night 😊
I thought this photo of the Kladruber stallion Generalissimus Energia of @narodni_hrebcin stud in Kladruby nad Labem would fit best to my@post tonight, since this is also one of the oldest breeds in Europe and I took this photo during my last Explorer Tour in September. This head is simply amazing and I’m in love with dat profile ❤️ 🥰

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  • Im sitting at the airport for Naples, so here is a question for you: 👉🏽 When you think of Italy, which horse breeds come to your mind and which ones do you know? 
I have the impression that although Italy has a long equestrian tradition and very old breeds, many of its horses aren’t known outside the country. I would like to figure out how many of you actually know any of the following 👇🏽🧐 Anglo-Arabo Sardo
Bardigiano
Calabrese
Catria Horse
Cavallo Appenninico
Cavallo del Cicolano
Cavallo Delta
Cavallo Romano della Maremma Laziale
Esperia Pony
Giara Pony
Maremmano
Monterufolino
Murgese
Napoletano
Peneia Pony
Pentro
Persano
Purosangue Orientale
Salernitano
Samolaco / Chiavennese
Sanfratellano
Sarcidano
Siciliano indigeno
Tolfetano
TPR (Cavallo italiano da tiro pesante rapido)
Ventasso 👆🏼 all of these are endangered horse breeds of Italy! 
As always I’m more than happy to go and discover, so this weekend I will spend in Naples ✈️ together with @equestrianwriter and explore the unkown breeds Salernitano, Persano and Neapolitano. The Neapolitano is acutually a back breeding Programm and little is known about it, so we are keen to check out this horse breed which used to be the foundation of all European baroque horse breeds! 
Follow our stories for the next days for some behind the scenes action and hopefully some sun! I can’t wait for 🍕🍷🧀 !

This picture shows the wonderful konvex profile of a Maremmano horse ❤️ #thepixelnomad #vordielinse #equineexplorers #explore_forgottenhorses #rareequinebreeds #rareequines #rarehorses #forgottenhorses #culturalheritage #equinephotography #pferdefotografie #horsephotography #yourshotphotographer #gonative #equineexplorers @equine.explorers #raw_horses #maremma #maremmano #cavallomaremmano #maremmanohorse #ramskopf #romannose #romanprofile #italianhorse #cavallo #napoli #ciao
An incomplete and unofficial list of Forgotten Horses

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 below linked societies. I also added horse breeds which are not represented by any conversation or trust, but have an endangered status by the FAO with a worldwide population of less than 5000, or an critical status with less than 1000 horses.

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.

*italic breeds are horses I photographed and are in my archive. Prints and licenses can be purchased.

Forgotten Horses in Europe

Belgium 
Brabant / Belgisch Trekpaard
Vlaams Paard
Bosnia
Bosnian Mountain Pony
Croatia
Croatian Coldblood
Posavina
Czech Republic
Bohemian-Moravian Belgian / ČMB
Kinsky
Kladruber
Silesian Noriker
Denmark
Dansk Oldenborg
Frederiksborger
Jutlander
Knabstrub (Barock Type)
Estonia
Eesti Hobune / Estonian Native
Estonian Draft
Tori Horse (Old-Tori)
Färöer Islands
Faroe Island Pony
France
Anglo Normand
Ardennais
Auxois
Boulonnais
Camargue Horse
Castillonnais
Cheval Barraquand
Cheval corse
Cheval d’Auvergne
Cheval de Megève
Cob Normand
Henson
Mérens
Poitevin Mulassier
Poney Landais
Pottock
Pyrénées catalanes / Cavall Pirenenc Catalá / CPC
Trait du Nord
Germany
Alt-Württemberger
Arenberg-Nordkirchner Pony
Beberbecker
Dülmener Wildpferd
Hannoversches Kaltblut
Lehmkuhler Pony
Leutstettener Pferd / Sárvárer Pferd
Ostfriese / Altoldenburger
Pfalz-Ardenner Kaltblut
Rheinisch-Deutsches Kaltblut
Rottaler Pferd
Sächsisch-Thüringisches Schweres Warmblut
Schleswiger Kaltblut
Schwarzwälder Fuchs
Süddeutsches Kaltblut
Great Britain
British Spotted Pony
Carneddau Pony
Cleveland Bay
Clydesdale
Dales Pony
Dartmoor Hill Pony
Dartmoor Pony
Eriskay Pony
Exmoor Pony
Fell Pony
Hackney Horse
Hackney Pony
Highland Pony
Lundy Pony
New Forest Pony
Rúm Pony
Shire Horse
Suffolk Punch
Greece
Ainos Pony / Kefalonia Horse
Andravida horse / Eleia Horse
Karakachan Horse
Messara horse
Peneia Pony
Pindos Pony
Rhodope Pony / Thraki
Skyros Pony
Thessalian Pony
Zante Horse / Zakynthos
Hungary
Furioso-North Star
Gidran
Hucul / Carpathian
Kisber Felver / Kisbéri
Muraközi / Murinsulaner / Međimurje
Nóniusz
Parlagi
Shagya-Araber
Hungarian Draft / Magyar hidegveru
Irland
Irish Draught
Kerry Bog Pony
Italy
Anglo-Arabo Sardo
Bardigiano
Calabrese
Catria Horse
Cavallo Appenninico
Cavallo del Cicolano
Cavallo Delta
Cavallo Romano della Maremma Laziale
Esperia Pony
Giara Pony
Maremmano
Monterufolino
Murgese
Napoletano
Pentro
Persano
Purosangue Orientale
Salernitano
Samolaco / Chiavennese
Sanfratellano
Sarcidano
Siciliano indigeno
Tolfetano
Ventasso
Lithuania
Lithuanian Heavy Draught
Stambieji Žemaitukas
Žemaitukas
Macedonia
Macedonier / Vardarska
Netherlands
Gelderland horse
Groningen horse
Nederlands Trekpaard
Poland
Konik
Panje Pferd / Panjeskaya
Portugal
Altér Real
Garrano
Pónei da Terceira / Azores Pony
Sorraia
Romania
Bucovina Horse
Letea Forest Horse / Danube Delta Horse
Romanian Draft
Romanian Trotter
Serbia
Serbian mountain pony
Yugoslav Trotter
Slovenia
Ljutomer Trotter
Spain
Asturcón
Burguete
Caballo de Monte del Pais Vasco / Basque mountain horse
Caballo Serrano
Cabalo Galego
Euskal Herriko Mendiko Zald
Galiceño
Hispano-Bretón
Jaca Navarra
Losiño
Mallorquín
Marismeña
Menorquín horse
Monchino
Retuerta
Sweden
Nordsvensk Brukshäst / North Swedish horse
Svensk Ardenner
Switzerland
Burgdorfer
Einsiedler
Freiberger / Franches-Montagnes
Ukrainia
Novo-Alexandrovsk
Ukrainian Saddle Horse
Norway
Dole Horse
Nordlandshest / Lyngshest

Forgotten Horses in Asia

Azerbajdan
Karabakh 
Quba
Shirvan
Bhutan
Jata
Merak Sakten
Tarai Pony
China
Agaba
Balikun
Bohai
Erlunchun
Guanzhong
Heihe
Heilongjiang
Henan
Jilin
Jinjiang
Jinzhou
Ningqiang
Sanhe
Shandan
Tieling
Xiangfen
Xilingol
Yiwu
Yongning
Yunnan
Zhangbei
Georgia
Javakheti
Megruli /Megrel
Tustin / Tushuri
India
Bhutia
Deccani
Kathiawari
Manipur
Marwari
Spiti
Zaniskari
Indonesia
Bali
Minahasa
Iran
Caspian Horse
Darashuri / Shurazi
Kurdi / Do u Anadolu
Tchernaran
Turkoman
Japan
Dosanko
Kiso
Misaki Horse
Miyako
Noma
Taishu
Tokara
Yonaguni
Kirgistan
Kirgiz (original type)
Pakistan
Hirzai
Kahilan / Kajlan
Kakka Biralanwala
Morna
Siaen
Sindhi / Makrana
Topras
Unmol / Anmol
Russia
Altai
Budjonny
Buryat
Chernomor / Black Sea horse
Chumysh
Dagestan Pony
Dilboss / Delbaz / Deliboss
Don Horse
Kabardin

Kalmyk / Astrachan
Karachai
Kusnetsk
Megezh
Mezen
Minusin
Narym Pony
New Altai / Novoaltaiskaya
Ob Pony / Priob
Orlov Trotter
Orlow-Rostopchiner
Petschora
Soviet Heavy Draft
Tavda
Tersk
Transbaikal / Zabaykalskaya / Zabaikal
Vladimir
Voronezh Draft
Wjatka / Vyatka
Yakut Pony
Sri Lanka
Delft Island Horse
South Korea
Jeju
Turkey
Canik
Cukurova
Hinis
Malakan / Ardahan
Mytilene Pony / Ayvacik Pony
Trakya / Rumelian Pony
Uzunyayla
Turkmenistan
Akhal-Tekke
Yomud / Yamud
Uzbekistan
Karabaier

Forgotten Horses in the Americas

Argentinia
Bagual
Bahamas
Abaco Wild Horse
Bolivia
Sunchino
Brasil
Baixadeiro
Campeiro
Lavradeiros
Puruca
Canada
Alberta Mountain Horse / Alberta Wildie
Canadian
Canadian Rustic Pony
Elegesi Qiyus Wild Horse / Cayuse
Lac La Croix Indian Pony
Newfoundland Pony
Sable Island Horse
Chile
Chilote
Cuba
Cuban Paso
Ecuador
Páramo Horse
Saint-Pierre und Miquelon
Miquelonnais
USA
American Cream Draft
Assateague / Chincoteague Pony
Banker Horse
California Vaquero
Camarillo White
Choctaw
Colonial Spanish
Colonial Spanish Horse Belsky Type
Cumberland Island Horse
Florida Cracker
Marsh Tacky
Molle Horse
Morgan (Traditional)
Morocco Spotted Horse
Mountain Pleasure Horse
Mustang
Nokota Horse
Pryor
Rocky Mountain Horse
Santa Cruz
Spanish Barb
Spanish Mustang
Sulphur
Wilbur-Cruce

Forgotten Horses in Africa and the Pacific

Australia
Australian Draft
Brumby
Coffin Bay Brumby
Waler
Benin, Togo
Koto-Koli
Ethiopia
Kundudo Horse / Qundudo
French Polynesia
Marquesas Island Horse
Kamerun
Mousseye
Marocco, Algeria
Arabian-Berber
Berber
Namibia
Namib Desert Horse
New Zealand
Kaimanawa Horse
Nigeria
Nigerian Horse
Salomon
Salomon Horse
Somalia
Somali Horse
South Africa
Basuto Pony
Boerperd
Cape Boer Horse
Nooitgedachter
Vlaamperd
Tonga
Tonga Horse
Tunesia
Mogod Pony

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.