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


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

Informations about the rare Nóniusz

The Nonius horse, renowned for its strength and calm demeanor, originates from Hungary, showcasing a rich heritage in both agriculture and equestrian sports. This breed is named after its founder, a stallion named Nonius, and has been developed through careful breeding practices to excel in various disciplines. The Nonius is distinguished by its muscular build and versatility, making it a favorite among horse enthusiasts worldwide.

Origin and history of the Nóniusz

The Nonius breed was established in the early 19th century at the Mezőhegyes State Stud in Hungary. Its foundation was a result of crossing local mares with Western European stallions, particularly the Norman stallion Nonius Senior, from whom the breed takes its name. Over the years, the Nonius has played a vital role in Hungarian agriculture and military, prized for its endurance and ability to perform under challenging conditions.

Character and features of the Nóniusz

Nonius horses are known for their patient and cooperative temperament, making them well-suited for riders and handlers of all levels. They typically stand between 155 to 165 cm tall, featuring a large head, deep chest, and strong legs. Their coat can vary in color, with bay, black, and chestnut being the most common. This breed’s intelligence and willing nature make it adaptable to many equestrian disciplines.

Utilisation of the rare Nóniusz

Historically, the Nonius has been used for agricultural work, as well as for pulling carriages and in the military. Today, its roles have expanded to include dressage, show jumping, and driving, demonstrating its versatility and capability in competitive and recreational equestrian sports. Its gentle nature also makes it an excellent choice for therapeutic riding programs.

Current situation of the rare and endangered Nóniusz

The Nonius horse is currently considered a rare breed, with efforts being made to preserve its unique characteristics and lineage. Conservation programs and dedicated breeders in Hungary and beyond are working to increase the population of Nonius horses, emphasizing the importance of this breed’s heritage and its contributions to equestrianism.

Native country




Risk Level

Endangered: ca. 2.500


145-168 cm

Coat colour

Bay, black



Forgotten horse

Rare and endangered

Free Horse

Elevage extensif

Other names of the Nóniusz horse


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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 Nóniusz

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.



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

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Professional photography of Nóniusz

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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