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, a captivating equine breed originating from the French Pyrenees, stands as a testament to both historical significance and contemporary versatility. This robust horse, deeply ingrained in the mountainous landscapes, exemplifies resilience and adaptability.

Origin and history of the Mérens

Originating from the Ariège region, the Mérens has roots that extend into prehistoric times, making it one of the oldest horse breeds in France. The Mérens, with its name reflecting the villages of Mérens-les-Vals and Mérens-de-Prades, played pivotal roles in agriculture, transportation, and as companions throughout centuries. Despite the challenges posed by modernization, devoted conservation efforts have successfully revived and preserved this unique breed.

Character and features of the Mérens

Standing between 135 to 155 cm at the withers, the Mérens boasts a sturdy build, a sleek coat, and expressive eyes. Known for its sure-footedness and calm demeanor, this breed is highly adaptable to challenging terrains. Mérens horses, always black in color, exhibit a combination of strength and gentleness, making them suitable for various equestrian activities, from traditional agricultural tasks to modern recreational riding.

Utilisation of the rare Mérens

Traditionally indispensable in Pyrenean agriculture, Mérens horses proved invaluable for plowing fields and navigating mountainous landscapes. Today, their roles have expanded to include recreational riding, endurance riding, and therapeutic programs. Mérens’ adaptability and amiable nature make them sought-after companions for riders of all skill levels, contributing to their continued popularity in diverse equestrian pursuits.

Current situation of the rare and endangered Mérens

While no longer endangered, the Mérens remains a breed of importance, and conservation initiatives are pivotal. Organizations focus on maintaining genetic diversity and promoting responsible breeding practices. Raising awareness about the breed’s historical significance is central to these efforts, ensuring its continued place in the cultural heritage of the Pyrenees.

Participating in conservation projects, Mérens horses contribute to sustainable land management through activities like controlled grazing. These initiatives not only benefit the breed but also play a crucial role in preserving the biodiversity of their native habitats. As conservation efforts persist, the Mérens stands as a symbol of the enduring legacy of traditional horse breeds, seamlessly blending historical significance with contemporary relevance.

Native country




Risk Level

Not at risk


145-155 cm

Coat colour




Forgotten horse

Recently not endangered anymore

Free Horse

Semi-feral; free roaming in the mountains

Other names of the Mérens horse

Poney ariégeois — Cheval de Mérens — Mérengais

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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