To be wild, or not to be wild. Is this really a question? Wild horses are extinct for a long time, but equines rewilder the nature. Even if there may be no true wild horses anymore, we have many free horses on this planet. I want to share their story, document their lives and their impact in rewildering and grazing projects. There is a surprisingly high number of breeds, traditions, projects and regions with free roaming horses in Europe and worldwide.
The only one true wild (never domesticated) equine in the world today is the Przewalski horse, also known by its indigenous name Takhi. Although the genetic base relies only on 27 specimen that were kept in Zoos, the Takhi nowadays repopulates the steppes in Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan.
There is a surprisingly high number of projects and regions with free roaming horses in Europe and worldwide. Many populations are at risk and therefore have a high intersection with Forgotten Horses. The breed gallery will updated continuously.
I created a list of Free Horses and Wildlings and sorted them according to my personal categories of wilderness. All types of Free Horses can have domesticated representatives and the borders between feral and semi-feral or semi-feral and seasonal or partly free are floating and can change with local breeders and projects.
Horse breeds typed in italic in the lists below are in my photographic archive. All my pictures can be licensed for private, editorial and commercial usage.
Abaco Wild Horse
Ainos Pony / Kefalonia Horse
Alberta Mountain Horse / Alberta Wildie
Assateague / Chincoteague Pony
Coffin Bay Brumby
Cumberland Island Horse
Delft Island Horse
Danube Island Horse
Elegesi Qiyus Wild Horse / Cayuse
Kundudo Horse / Qundudo
Letea Forest Horse / Danube Delta Horse
Livno Mountain Horse
Manych-Gudilo Lake horse
Marquesas Island Horse
Namib Desert Horse
Sable Island Horse
Serbian mountain pony
Welsh Mountain Pony
Bosnian Mountain Pony
Cavall Pirenenc Catalá
Dartmoor Hill Pony
Euskal Herriko Mendiko Zaldi / Basque mountain horse
Hucul / Carpathian
New Forest Pony
Are you looking for professional photos of free, 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.