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Poney Landais

Risk Level: at risk
Local Risk Level: Critical
Listed by DAD-IS
Small horse breed from France

Informations about the rare Poney Landais horse

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.

Origin and history of the Poney Landais horse

The Landais pony comes from the southwest of France, roughly between Bordeaux and the Pyrenees. There they live semi-wild in the forests and meadows of the Les Landes region. These ponies have a very old history and genetics and are part of the group of Celtic ponies of the northern Iberian Peninsula, which were already immortalised in the numerous cave paintings of the regions before primeval times. Like the other representatives of this breed group, the Landais pony is also threatened with extinction. Until the middle of the 20th century, the free-living ponies were killed in car accidents, caught and slaughtered in the distress of wars or perished in mine explosions. As a result, the population has declined dramatically and from the original herds, in 1970 there were only 50 mares and 2 stallions left in “les Barthes”, the river meadows.
Today the population has recovered somewhat, but is still critical. The ponies are becoming more and more popular as riding ponies, with a size between 1.20 m and 1.48 m they cover not only children but also adults quite well. Against the French riding pony they still have a little bit of a problem in recognition, but unfortunately this problem is shared by all the forgotten breeds.

Character and features of the Poney Landais

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.

Utilisation of the rare Poney Landais horse

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.

Current situation of the rare and endangered Poney Landais

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.

Other names of the Poney Landais horse

Poney des Landes — Poney des Pins — Barthais — Lédon — Landais — Poney des Barthes — Landais-Pony

Native country



regional, national

Risk Level



118 - 148 cm

Coat colour

Bay, black, chestnut


Robust yet sportive


Conservatoire des Races d’Aquitaine

Forgotten horse

Rare and endangered

Free Horse

Kept outdoors all year; semi-feral in the marshes

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