Photos and informations about the rare Međimurje / Muraközi breed, Forgotten Horses a photographic project about endangered equines by The Pixel Nomad

Međimurje / Muraközi

Risk Level: at risk
Local Risk Level: critical
Listed by DAD-IS
Draft horse breed from Croatia/Hungary

Informations about the rare Međimurje / Muraközi

The Međimurje, also known as the Muraközi horse, is a rare breed originating from the Međimurje region in Croatia and Hungary. This versatile and resilient horse is renowned for its strength and endurance, making it a valuable asset to local agricultural and equestrian activities. Despite its impressive qualities, the Međimurje / Muraközi remains one of the rarest horse breeds in Europe, with conservation efforts underway to preserve its unique heritage.

Origin and history of the Međimurje / Muraközi

The Muraközi, or Međimurje horse, has a rich history that dates back to the early 20th century, developed through selective breeding to meet the agricultural needs of the Međimurje region. This rare horse breed played a crucial role in the local economy, used for both farming and transportation. However, the advent of mechanization led to a decline in their numbers, highlighting the need for dedicated conservation initiatives to protect the Muraközi / Međimurje’s legacy.

Character and features of the Međimurje / Muraközi

Characterized by its robust build and calm temperament, the Međimurje / Muraközi horse typically stands between 140 to 150 cm tall. This breed exhibits a variety of coat colors, including bay, black, and chestnut, with a thick mane and tail. The Muraközi / Međimurje is celebrated for its adaptability, intelligence, and willingness to work, traits that have endeared it to those who know this rare breed well.

Utilisation of the rare Međimurje / Muraközi

Traditionally, the Međimurje / Muraközi was utilized in agriculture, capable of performing heavy tasks with remarkable endurance. Today, while still used for farm work in some areas, the Muraközi / Međimurje finds its place in recreational riding and as a driving horse. Its rare status and exceptional qualities make it a sought-after breed for traditional equestrian sports, showcasing its versatility and strength.

Current situation of the rare and endangered Međimurje / Muraközi

The Međimurje / Muraközi horse is currently considered critically endangered, with only a few hundred individuals existing today. Conservation efforts are crucial to ensure the survival of this rare breed, involving breeding programs and the promotion of its historical and cultural significance. These initiatives aim to increase public awareness and support for the Muraközi / Međimurje, securing its future as a cherished part of European equine heritage.

Native country

Croatia, Hungary



Risk Level

Critical: ca. 500


155-165 cm

Coat colour

Bay, black, chestnut



Forgotten horse

Rare and endangered

Free Horse

extensive keeping

Other names of the Međimurje / Muraközi horse

Međimurje — Muraközi ló — Murakoz — Murinsulaner — Međimurec — Medžimurski konj

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Međimurje / Muraközi

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Where to find the rare Međimurje / Muraközi

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Forgotten Horses Group on Facebook

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The group provides information and facilitates international exchange on rare and endangered horse breeds.
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