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Preserve equine diversity

Forgotten Horses

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.

1 %
breeds are at risk
1 %
risk level is unknown
1 %
breeds are safe

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.

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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Forgotten Horses

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

Sources and addresses
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.

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)
Faroe 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
Pottok

Trait du Nord
Germany
Alt-Württemberger
Arenberg-Nordkirchener 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 Kaltblut
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
Cavall Pirenenc Catalá / Pyrénées catalanes
Euskal Herriko Mendiko Zaldi / Caballo de Monte del Pais Vasco / Basque mountain horse
Hispano-Bretón
Jaca Navarra
Losino

Mallorquín
Marismeña
Menorquín horse
Monchino
Retuerta
Pottoka
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

Forgotten Horses in the media

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Photography of Forgotten Horses

Are you looking for professional photos of rare and endangered breeds? You will find a small selection of my pictures in the breed posts, but you may ask for more specific photos directly. All my pictures can be licensed for private, editorial and commercial usage.