In Germany around 15 native horse breeds are listed as rare and endangered. Almost each country in the world has endangered breeds 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.
The Karabakh horse has its origins in the country of Azerbaijan in Asia. The breed is very old and shares the same ancient genes like the Akhal Teke horse from the neighbouring Turkmenistan. The Karabakh is a small and strong horse from the mountain-steppes and is used for endurance and races. They were significantly influenced by the Arabian horse, which results into the sad fact that today the amount of pure bred Karabakh horses goes towards zero. As a matter of fact, nowadays you search for horses that have a high Karabakh percentage, as the original Karabakh was bred throughout history with Akhal Teke, Karbadiner, Arabias and the now extinct Turkoman horse. Unfortunately due its relatively unknown status as breed in Europe and overseas, there is no official status declaring the Karabakh Horse as endangered.
Thanks to my contact with the German IG Karabagh I was able to meet a few breeders and owners in Germany with a passion for the Karabakh horse and earn more about their story.
Some of my pictures were published in a small book about the Karabakh horses in Germany and were highly appreciated during a visit in Azerbaijan. The photo of stallion Ada with the national flag reflecting in his eye even made it into a headline on the website Eurasian Diary. See the full article here.
The Exmoor Pony is one of the oldest Pony breeds in the world and unfortunately has been given the status “endangered” and “threatened” by different conservations. I was shocked to learn that only around 2000 Exmoor Ponies exist anymore and that most of the population live as semi wild herds to contribute pasture management, also in Germany. Those who own Exmoors in private say, that due their small size only few adults consider buying them and for children they are often too clever. But those however who own an Exmoor love them for their strong instincts, cleverness and sure-footedness.