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, an esteemed horse breed originating from Hungary, commands attention with its strong presence and historical significance. Known for its robust build and versatility, the Nonius has played a pivotal role in Hungarian agriculture and remains a symbol of the country’s equestrian heritage.

Origin and history of the Nóniusz

Hailing from Hungary, the Nonius has a heritage deeply embedded in the nation’s history, tracing its roots to the 19th century. This breed was carefully cultivated through selective breeding, incorporating the bloodlines of native Hungarian horses and Spanish stock, particularly the stallion Nonius. Bred for agricultural tasks and military use, the Nonius proved its worth in plowing fields and serving as a reliable mount for cavalry. Despite its contributions, the breed faced challenges as mechanization replaced traditional working horses, leading to a decline in its numbers.

Character and features of the Nóniusz

The Nonius presents a commanding figure, standing typically between 160 to 170 cm at the withers. Its muscular build and sturdy conformation reflect its historical roles as a draft horse and military mount. Known for its calm and docile temperament, the Nonius exhibits a cooperative nature, making it well-suited for various equestrian activities. With a distinctive convex profile and expressive eyes, the Nonius carries an air of elegance along with its undeniable strength.

Utilisation of the rare Nóniusz

Historically employed in agriculture and the military, the Nonius has adapted to modern demands, finding a place in recreational riding, driving, and even therapeutic programs. Its strength and endurance make it suitable for pulling carriages, while its amiable nature endears it to riders seeking a dependable and versatile partner. The Nonius stands as a testament to the adaptability of traditional breeds in the face of evolving societal needs.

Current situation of the rare and endangered Nóniusz

While not officially listed as endangered, the Nonius, like many traditional breeds, faces challenges in maintaining its historical roles. Hungarian equestrian organizations actively engage in conservation efforts, emphasizing the importance of preserving the breed’s genetic diversity and promoting its utility in contemporary contexts. Dedicated breeders and enthusiasts contribute to safeguarding the Nonius, recognizing its cultural significance and historical contributions. Conservation initiatives aim to secure the breed’s future amidst changing agricultural practices.

The Nonius, with its enduring legacy and adaptability, represents a vital part of Hungary’s equestrian heritage. As efforts continue to secure its place in the modern world, the Nonius remains a living testament to the resilience and versatility of traditional horse breeds.

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


Explore my Nóniusz 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 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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