Photos and informations about the rare Pottok 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
Mountain horse breed from France/Spain

Informations about the rare Pottok

The Pottok, a small and ancient breed of horse, originates from the Basque Country in the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain. Esteemed for its hardiness and adaptability, the Pottok has lived in these mountains for centuries, embodying the rugged beauty and spirit of the region. With a history steeped in tradition, this breed has been an integral part of Basque culture, used for a variety of tasks from agriculture to celebrations.

Origin and history of the Pottok

The Pottok’s history is believed to date back to prehistoric times, as evidenced by cave paintings in the region that depict horses resembling the modern Pottok. This breed has maintained its genetic purity thanks to its isolated habitat in the Pyrenees. Over the centuries, the Pottok has been revered by the Basque people, playing a crucial role in their daily lives and cultural practices.

Character and features of the Pottok

Pottoks are distinguished by their small stature, typically standing between 120 to 147 cm tall, with a sturdy build that reflects their mountainous upbringing. They possess a thick mane and tail, with coat colors ranging from bay and black to chestnut and grey. Their resilient nature and sure-footedness make them exceptionally suited to the rugged terrain of the Pyrenees.

Utilisation of the rare Pottok

Historically, Pottoks were used by the Basque people for a range of tasks including agriculture, transportation, and as riding animals for children. In modern times, they are appreciated for their versatility, participating in competitive sports, leisure riding, and conservation grazing, helping to maintain the biodiversity of their native habitats.

Current situation of the rare and endangered Pottok

The Pottok is currently classified as a vulnerable breed, with conservation efforts in place to protect its population in the Pyrenees. These initiatives aim to preserve the breed’s genetic diversity and traditional habitat through sustainable management practices. The Pottok’s unique heritage and ecological role underscore the importance of these conservation efforts.

Native country

France, Spain


regional, Basque Land

Risk Level

Endangered: ca. 2.000


115-147 cm

Coat colour

Bay, black, painted



Forgotten horse

Rare and endangered

Free Horse

Feral and semi-feral; free roaming in the mountains

Other names of the Pottok horse

Pottoka — Basque Pony

Explore my Pottok 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 Pottok

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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Pottok 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 Pottok

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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