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.

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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  • Others often ask me how I decide to take close ups of horses. I honestly don’t have a plan. I just take a photo of what I think is interesting. Just like this beautiful head and unique marking of Shagya Arabian stallion Nandy, photographed during my Explorer Tour in Slovakia last September ❤️
  • Exmoor pony mare watching over her newborn foal and having a staring contest with me, which she won. Exmoor ponies are one of the few breeds I really felt like they would go into attack mode, to protect their herd and foals. Better is of course to risk nothing an keep the distance and work with long lenses and tele zooms 👌🏽 To get a clear shot of her foal I had to wander a little around to find a good position. She, and the rest of the herd, always kept me in the eye. This photo was taken in the Exmoor Nationalpark.
  • Today the owner of Libelle wrote me, that she foaled a sweet filly by the name Leni and of the same colour as her mother. It always makes me happy to stay in touch with my photo models and hope to see sweet Leni this spring in South Tyrol.  The photos of our session stay one of my favourites of last year, taken during my Explorer Tour in South Tyrol. 👉🏽 Maybe next time you will join me? Maybe in May?
  • A stormy day on the Scotland’s islands with the Eriskay Pony Bonnie ❤️ earlier this year I have announced a photo tour to Scotland for September 2020. I’m working hard on it and hopefully I can soon announce details. I want the Tour to be safe in all aspects and this takes more time than expected. 
Once in Scotland we will tour through the Highlands and Islands and get the best horses and landscapes to photograph 🙌🏽🤩
  • Sorraia stallion Habil shows off his lovely moves 😍
Not only the history of the Sorraia horse, as probably last wild horse population, is interesting, but also that these are some amazing horses with great moves and exterior. Sorraias are true Iberian horses and it really doesn't matter if they are "wild" or not, most of all more and more people enjoy them as riding or driving horses.
photographed at Reserva Natural Do Cavalo Do Sorraia
  • Did you know there is a breed that looks like a tiny Lusitano? They are called Pónei da Terceira, the Terceira Pony from the Azores Islands. Back in the days the horses got selected in smaller size to ship them to South America and the Azores Islands were the last stop before crossing the Atlantic. Naturally some horses stayed on the islands and remained till today, forgotten and almost unchanged.
This photo shows the stallion Galopan, photographed in Golegã und my Explorer Tour.
👉🏽 have you ever heard of the breed?
  • The beautiful mares Doria and Ouma, mother and daughter. The Trait Poitevin Mulassier is by the way the only draft horse breed with dun colour, next to other very unique coats. On the picture you can also see the typical big ears, which were very fluffy now in winter ;) I took this photo on December 29 in France during my Explorer Tour: Iberica at Elevage du Bois Loudun.
  • The one eared stallion.. this Garrano stallion lost one ear during a combat, probably in a fight about his herd. We met him in northern Portugal and he was still very alert, normally Free Horses don’t care too much about humans. You can also see, that he is marked with a GPS collar, so the herd can be tracked and the behaviour of the wildlings can be studied. I could of course retouch it out so it looks like a magic and untouched wild horse, but in my opinion this is a phantasy in many peoples head and I’m more realistic 😅 this doesn’t mean the horses don’t live free: they have to find their food, search for shelter and deal with wolfs. Life and death go hand in hand on this area. We found many horse bones and even a full pony skull on that day. Without the help of humans, the Garrano horses wouldn’t be able to live in this untouched area and roam free. Thanks to the project ATNatureza in Faia Brava, a part of Portugal’s wilderness is preserved. I took this picture a month ago during my #explorer_tour on the Iberian peninsula.
  • What nature thinks about Valentine’s Day 🤣🤣🤣👉🏽👌🏽 .
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Fell Ponies live in semi wild conditions. Only for foaling and serving they come back to the barn, where they still live outside, are born outside and are produced outside in nature 😊 .
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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

Austria  
Lipizzaner 
Noriker
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
Norway
Dole Horse
Nordlandshest / Lyngshest
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 Serrano
Cabalo Galego
Euskal Herriko Mendiko Zaldi / Caballo de Monte del Pais Vasco / Basque mountain horse
Hispano-Bretón
Jaca Navarra
Losino

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

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

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