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


Risk Level: not at risk
Listed by DAD-IS
Mountain horse breed from France

Informations about the rare Mérens

The Mérens Horse, a small but sturdy breed, originates from the Pyrenees mountains in southern France. Known for its solid black coat and resilient nature, the Mérens Horse has a history intertwined with the local culture and environment, often referred to as the “Prince of the Pyrenees”. This breed has adapted to the harsh mountain conditions, making it a symbol of endurance and strength.

Origin and history of the Mérens

The origins of the Mérens Horse trace back to ancient times, with evidence suggesting its presence in the Pyrenees since the prehistoric era. Historically, these horses were used by local farmers for agricultural work and as pack animals in the rugged terrain. The breed has also been associated with legendary figures, including Charlemagne, enhancing its mythic status in French culture.

Character and features of the Mérens

Mérens Horses are known for their friendly and calm temperament, making them excellent companions for both work and leisure. Standing at an average height of 145 to 155 cm, they exhibit a compact and muscular build, with a striking black coat that can sometimes have a slight reddish hue. Their adaptability to both lowland and mountainous terrains underscores their versatility and hardiness.

Utilisation of the rare Mérens

Traditionally, Mérens Horses were utilized for agricultural purposes and as pack animals in the Pyrenees. Today, their roles have expanded to include trail riding, dressage, and as therapy animals, thanks to their gentle nature and intelligence. Their endurance and agility also make them suitable for competitive sports and endurance riding.

Current situation of the rare and endangered Mérens

The Mérens Horse is currently considered a breed of conservation concern, with efforts in place to protect and promote its population. Through the work of dedicated breed associations and conservation programs, there has been a focus on sustainable breeding practices and maintaining the breed’s genetic diversity. These efforts aim to ensure the Mérens Horse continues to thrive in its native habitat and beyond.

Native country




Risk Level

Not at risk


145-155 cm

Coat colour




Forgotten horse


Free Horse

Semi-feral; free roaming in the mountains

Other names of the Mérens horse

Poney ariégeois — Cheval de Mérens — Mérengais — Pyrenean Horse

Explore my Mérens Photos


All my pictures of rare and endangered horses can be licensed for private, editorial and commercial usage, and ordered as Fine Art Print as well. In addition, the albums only show a part of my large archive. Contact me directly if you don’t find what you are looking for.

Where to find the rare Mérens

Here are some places where you can see where you can support the rare and endangered breed. Above all I want to thank everybody who works with me.



Breed show

Event calendar

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

Take part in my projects Forgotten Horses and Free Horses and consequently make an impact that matters. By photographing rare and endangered horses we can raise awareness to disappearing horse breeds and therefore preserve equine diversity.

photo archive

Professional photography of Mérens

Are you looking for professional photos of rare and endangered horse breeds? You will find a small selection of my pictures in the breed posts, however you may ask for more specific photos directly. In short, all my pictures can be licensed for private, editorial and commercial usage.


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