Forgotten Horses

PRESERVE EQUINE DIVERSITY

Forgotten Horses

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

Almost 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 now to explore rare and endangered horse breeds and to give them a new platform and to 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

Preserve equine diversity

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 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
An incomplete and unofficial list of Forgotten Horses

The list of extinct and vanished equine breeds is incredibly long and most horse breeds died out because they were not needed any more. This is still a problem of many existing breeds and types, but it also seems that breeding societies and clubs prefer to promote only a few, more “profitable” breeds and tend to forget about the others.

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 above mentioned societies. I also added horse breeds which are not listed officially, but have such small numbers that they should be recognised by any list, but aren’t for various reasons. 

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.

Akhal-Tekke
Alberta Mountain Horse / Alberta Wildie
Alt-Württemberger
American Cream Draft
Andravida horse / Eleia Horse
Anglo-Arabo Sardo
Arab-Berber
Ardennais
Arenberg-Nordkirchner Pony
Assateague / Chincoteague Pony
Asturcón
Auxois
Banker Horse
Bardigiano
Basuto Pony
Beberbecker
Berber
Boerperd
Böhmisch-Mährisches Kaltblut
Bosnian Mountain Pony
Boulonnais
Brabant
British Spotted Pony
Brumby
Budjonny
Burgdorfer
Burguete
Caballo Serrano
Cabalo Galego
Calabrese
California Vaquero
Camargue Horse
Canadian
Carneddau Pony
Caspian Horse
Castillonnais
Catria Horse
Cavallo Appenninico
Cavallo del Cicolano
Cavallo Delta
Cavallo Romano della Maremma Laziale
Cheval Barraquand
Cheval corse
Cheval d’Auvergne
Cheval de Megève
Choctaw
Cleveland Bay
Clydesdale
Cob Normand
Colonial Spanish
Colonial Spanish Horse Belsky Type
Cumberland Island Horse
Dales Pony
Dartmoor Hill Pony
Dartmoor Pony
Delft Island Horse
Dilboss / Delbaz / Deliboss
Dole Horse
Don Horse
Dülmener Wildpferd
Einsiedler
Elegesi Qiyus Wild Horse / Cayuse
Eriskay Pony
Esperia Pony
Euskal Herriko Mendiko Zald
Exmoor Pony
Faroe Island Pony
Fell Pony
Fjord Pony
Florida Cracker
Frederiksborger
Freiberger
Furioso-North Star
Galiceño
Garrano
Gelderland horse
Giara Pony
Gidran
Gotland Russ
Groningen horse
Hackney Horse
Hackney Pony
Heck Pferd
Henson
Highland Pony
Hucul / Huzule / Carpathian
Irish Draught Horse
Jaca Navarra
Jutlander
Kaimanawa Horse
Karabaier / Karabairskaya
Karabakh
Karachai / Karatschaever
Karakachan Horse
Kerry Bog Pony
Kinsky
Kisber Felver / Kisbéri
Kladruber
Knabstrub (Barock Type)
Konik
Kundudo Horse / Qundudo
Lavradeiros
Lehmkuhler Pony
Letea Forest Horse / Danube Delta Horse
Leutstettener Pferd / Sárvárer Pferd
Liebenthaler Wildling
Lipizzaner
Lithuanian Heavy Draught
Livno Mountain Horse
Losiño
Lundy Pony
Macedonier / Vardarska
Mallorquín
Maremmano
Marismeña
Marquesas Island Horse
Marsh Tacky
Menorquín horse
Mérens
Messara horse
Misaki Horse
Monchino
Monterufoli Pony / Monterufolino
Morgan (Traditional)
Mountain Pleasure Horse
Muraközer / Murinsulaner / Međimurje / Muraközi /
Murgese
Mustang
Namib Desert Horse
Napoletano
New Forest Pony
Newfoundland Pony
Nokota Horse
Nonius / Nóniusz
Nooitgedachter
Nordlandshest/Lyngshest
Noriker
Páramo Horse
Parlagi
Peneia Pony
Pentro
Persano
Pfalz-Ardenner Kaltblut
Pindos Pony
Pinkafelder / Pinkaföer
Poitevin Mulassier
Pónei da Terceira
Poney Landais
Posavina / hrvatski posavac
Pottock
Pryor
Purosangue Orientale
Pyrénées catalanes / Cavall Pirenenc Catalá / CPC
Quba
Rahvan
Retuerta
Rheinisch-Deutsches Kaltblut
Rocky Mountain Horse
Rottaler Pferd
Rúm Pony
Sable Island Horse
Sächsisch-Thüringisches Schweres Warmblut
Salernitano
Samolaco / Chiavennese
Sanfratellano
Santa Cruz
Sarcidano
Schleswiger Kaltblut
Schwarzwälder Fuchs
Schweres Warmblut Ostfriesen / Altoldenburger
Serbian mountain pony
Shagya-Araber
Shire Horse
Siciliano indigeno
Skyros Pony
Sorraia Horse
Suffolk Punch
Sulphur
Tarpan
Tolfetano
Tori Horse (Old-Tori)
TPR (Cavallo italiano da tiro pesante rapido)
Trait du Nord
Ungarisches Kaltblut
Uzunyayla
Ventasso
Welsh Mountain Pony
Wilbur-Cruce
Wjatka / Vyatka
Yakut Pony
Yomud / Iomud / Yamud
Žemaitukas

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.