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


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

Informations about the rare Pfalz-Ardenner

The rare Pfalz-Ardenner is a comparatively young horse breed, which was created around 1900. The breeding basis of the Pfalz-Ardenner breed was and still is characterized by breeding horses of the French draft horse breeds, in particular the Comtois and Ardennes, as well as by Belgians, Rheinisch-Deutsches Kaltblut and Süddeutsches Kaltblut. Pure breeding was not a dogma from the beginning. 

Origin and history of the Pfalz-Ardenner

In the past 100 years or so of breeding in the Rhineland-Palatinate-Saar breeding region, the breeding work was clearly oriented towards the breeding goal and used the advantages of the above-mentioned breeds to produce a draft horse that is in demand and therefore saleable.

When accepting the breeding lines, special attention must be paid to the preservation of the breed specific characteristics of the Pfalz-Ardenner. Against the background of the consolidation of the Pfalz-Ardenners breed, the current breeding programme stipulates that from the 2008 birth year onwards, a Pfalz-Ardennes horse must have at least one parent of the Pfalz-Ardennes breed.

Character and features of the Pfalz-Ardenner

Pfalz-Ardennes are gentle, calm, energetic and willing horses.

Utilisation of the rare Pfalz-Ardenner

A classic use is as a carriage horse, occasionally also in forestry for logging or as a light draught horse on vineyards. Leisure riders appreciate the Pfalz-Ardennes for its medium size and strength and the breed is becoming increasingly popular here.

Current situation of the rare and endangered Pfalz-Ardenner

This locally distributed breed is very rare and was almost extinct in the 1970s to 1990s. The population is very small, with only about 25 registered broodmares and a handful of stallions. Unfortunately, there is no organisation to date that is dedicated to the protection and conservation of the Pfalz-Ardennes. However, the breed has great chances for a positive trend in the leisure sector.

Native country




Risk Level

Critical: less than 100


152 - 162 cm

Coat colour

Chestnut, Bay, black, roan


Forgotten horse

Rare and endangered

Other names of the Pfalz-Ardenner horse

Palz-Adenner — Pfalz-Ardennes 

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Where to find the rare Pfalz-Ardenner

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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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