The rare Landais horse is a critically-endangered French breed of small horse or pony. It originated in the marshy plains and woodlands of the département of the Landes, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of south-western France, but is more often reared in the département of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, particularly in the arrondissement of Pau. Due to influences from Arab and Welsh blood, it shows more similarity to Oriental horses than to other Celtic breeds. It is used for riding and driving, and is a good trotter.
The robust ponies live all year round outdoors and partly in wetlands. They have a calm character, are excellent riding ponies also for children and can jump well.
The rare Landais horse is a good riding horse for children and young people. Thanks to their versatility they can adapt well to different disciplines. They are also very popular in show jumping.
Recovery of the breed began in 1967, and a stud-book for the Landais was established in that year. To reduce the effects of inbreeding, some use was made of stallions of Arab and Welsh (Section B) types.
In 2007 the Landais was listed by the FAO as “critically endangered”; in 2014 the total number reported for the breed was 159. Annual births are low: between 2006 and 2013 the number ranged from 36 to 66.
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