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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  • I bet you will like this one!! 🤩 this is a Castillon stallion with the name Ve t’aqui from southern France. The Castillonnais is another mountain horse with universal usage and very close to the Mérens horse, just a little heavier. I think if you like horses like the Schwarzwälder Kaltblut (Black Forest Horse) or the Dales Pony, you will also like the Castillonnais. 👉🏽 have you ever heard of this breed?
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  • The Pyrenees are a mountain range of true wilderness. It is one of the few places in Europe where endangered species like bears, wolf packs, eagles and vultures share the mountains. And ... ponies!! The iconic black Mérens horse lives in the mountains all year long. Now in winter they manage cold and snow, in summer they have to fight heat and even bears. I was very happy to experience this ancient hardy horse breed in its original country. And I’m so happy to have experienced the Pyrenees a second time, many more visits to come. 👉🏽 Any fans of Mérens horses here?? Link me your accounts in the comments!
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  • Sorraia stallion watching out in the typical Portuguese wilderness. 👉🏽 I can’t believe my Iberica Explorer Trip is already over 😭 I have met so many awesome horses and people and I have visited amazing places in three countries, half of the trip in the best company by @mr_reitsportfotografie 
Besides my regular business and work, also tons of photos are waiting for me to review, select and edit. The worst aspect of my photography is, that I have more photos of sessions, that I could actually share on my social sites, even if I would post three times a day. I have so many photos and can’t show them. Photos need to be seen and used in my opinion, so I’m looking for more solutions how to do this in future. Do you guys have any ideas for me?

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  • Cabalo Galego: stallion Artes, I simply loved this beautiful pony! Another breed I have met during this fantastic trip, wich will soon be over 😭 but now I will discover and explore the french mountains and their ponies, before heading home. .

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  • Say hello to a breed you probably never heard of: the Ponei da Terceira! I entitled this little fella a Mini-Lusitano 😅 Terceira Ponies habe their Origin in the Azores islands, where the colonialists stopped before heading to South America. The small horses they left on the island are probably unchanged ever since and show us how Iberian horses, in this case Portuguese horses, used to look like. For the Atlantic Transfer by boat they selected especially small horses, so here you go: the Terceira Pony, stallion Brio showing off 😍😍
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  • Sorraia horse mare with her newborn foal 😍😍😍 I had a few fantastic photo sessions the last days, but this little moment was definately the most exciting one! When we went searching for the Sorraia herd, we first found a single mare with her two year old young one. AND! a super fresh baby! it was still shaky on the legs, the mare's hind was still in covered in blood. The birth must have taken place in the last one or two hours. What a privilige to be there and see this new life doing its first steps! Especially with such a rare horse breed. I'm absolutely in awe with this experience and feel so happy and lucky with my whole trip so far. Thanks to Jose Luis Andrade for this possibility.

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  • Cabalo Galego, the pride of Galicia! Yesterday I was at @asociacioncabalogalego in Spain to take some stallion portraits of the Galego horse. It was a warm visit and I learned a lot about Galicia and the horses. They are all raised in the mountains and fetched as young wildlings, and the Cabalo Galego is very close to the Portuguese Garrano (or probably the same). I. The photo is the lovely stallion Artes performing a Levade! What a sight! ❤️ .
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  • Have you ever heard of the Losino? Also known as the caballo de raça Losina. These little black horses are native to the Losa valley in Northern Spain, where they live semi-wild since ages. You might have realized by now, that almost every breed I visted during my Explorer Tour, lives in in semi-feral conditions. The iberian pensinsula is full of equine wildlings, each breed with an ancient history and traditions, but most of them are hardly known outside their regions - or forgotten. The Losino however lives a huge valley and is an ideal playground for any horse photographer. I will definately come back one day. Maybe you will join me? :)
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  • If you liked the fluffy Monchichi yesterday, you will love this one. This breed is called Jaca Navarra, it is another native breed to Navarra and a tiny heavy horse. As a matter of fact, they are only around 1,30m high, which makes them look like dwarfs😅 the breed was used as working horse on farms and also for meat production. Unfortunately these lovely fattis are critically endangered and found a refuge in a big forest estate. Almost the whole population lives there in semi wild conditions, which is an amazing sight. Little round horses roaming free is so different to most “wild” horses! The Jaca Navarra is always bay with no markings and they build the base to the slightly heavier Burguete horse of my post yesterday. Have you ever heard of the breed before?
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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

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. 

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