Photos and informations about the rare Furioso-North-Star breed, Forgotten Horses a photographic project about endangered equines by The Pixel Nomad


Risk Level: at risk
Local Risk Level: unkown
Listed by DAD-IS
Warmblood breed from Hungary

Informations about the rare Furioso-North-Star

The rare Furioso-North-Star horse is breed developed in Hungary at the Mezőhegyes stud farm. Today it is considered a warmblood breed, noted as a breed with a sound, durable build capable of light farm work, yet with a refined appearance that reflects its Thoroughbred influence. 

The Furioso is mostly found in Central Europe, especially in Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic and Austria.

Origin and history of the Furioso-North-Star

The breed origins at the stud farm of Mezőhegyes in the nineteenth century, it is therefore a creation of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In 1841, the stud farm imported a bay-coloured thoroughbred stallion named Furioso, which gave birth to 95 stallions from 1841 to 1851. The Furioso breed studbook was created in 1850. In 1852, North Star, another thoroughbred stallion, was imported from England. Also with bay coat, his offspring were crossed with the Furioso line, again on Hungarian mares, among others of Nonius origin. 


The two distinct bloodlines are named after their founders, who are the two most influential stallions in the breed9. In 1885, they were merged into one. The breed encountered many difficulties due to the consequences of the Second World War, as a consequence many Hungarian horses were evacuated to the United States, which created an association of the Hungarian horse without distinguishing between the breeds . In 1943 the bloodlines were reorganised, the Furioso line was divided into two lines A and B, as well as the North Star line. The North Star B line has since then been extinct.

In 1985, the breed benefited from a breeding conservation programme financed by the Hungarian government.

Character and features of the Furioso-North-Star

The rare Furioso-North-Star horse is an active, docile, intelligent and sensitive, yet robust horse.

Utilisation of the rare Furioso-North-Star

Originally they were used as riding horses in the army and military, today they are used in dressage, jumping and especially in eventing. Due to their elegance and performance they are also suitable as carriage horses.

Current situation of the rare and endangered Furioso-North-Star

The breed was originally bred and used throughout the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but was almost displaced by sport horse breeding in the post-war period. With the stallions Przedswit and Catalin there are other bloodlines that appear in modern warmblood breeds and are not explicitly marked as such. Nevertheless, the rare Furioso-North-Star horse is gaining popularity again as sport horses in Hungary and Slovakia, even if the numbers remain small.

Native country



international, Central Europe

Risk Level

Endangered: less than 1000


160 - 170 cm

Coat colour

Mostly bay, black


Robust but elegant type



Forgotten horse

Rare and endangered

Free Horse

Mares and young horses kept robust in herds

Other names of the Furioso-North-Star horse

Furioso – North Star – Northstar — Przedswit — Catalin — Furioso-Northstar — Mezőhegyesi félvér —Furioso-Northstar-Przedswit

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Where to find the rare Furioso-North-Star

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Forgotten Horses Group on Facebook

This group is part of the Forgotten Horses project and aims to raise awareness of endangered horse breeds and therefore to contribute to the preservation of the diversity of horse breeds, further free living and wild horses.
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Furioso XL Moric by Leutstetten Lana I
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