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 captivating breed native to the Pyrenees region, holds a unique place in the equestrian world. This small but robust pony, deeply rooted in the Basque Country, showcases the resilience and adaptability necessary for thriving in its challenging mountainous environment.

Origin and history of the Pottok

The Pottok’s origins date back to prehistoric times, making it one of Europe’s oldest horse breeds. Its name, derived from the Basque language, means “small horse” or “foal.” Over centuries, Pottoks played crucial roles in Basque agriculture, transportation, and companionship. Despite facing challenges due to modernization, dedicated conservation efforts have revived and protected this unique breed, preserving both its genetic diversity and cultural significance.

Character and features of the Pottok

Standing between 115 to 148 cm at the withers, the Pottok is known for its robust build and distinctive features, such as a thick mane and tail and various coat colors. Their hardiness and adaptability to the Pyrenean conditions are notable, as is their calm and friendly temperament. These traits make Pottoks suitable for diverse purposes, ranging from traditional agricultural tasks to modern recreational riding and therapeutic programs.

Utilisation of the rare Pottok

Traditionally indispensable in Basque agriculture, Pottoks carried loads and navigated challenging landscapes. In contemporary times, their roles have expanded to include recreational riding, therapeutic programs, and conservation grazing projects. The Pottok’s adaptability and gentle nature make it an ideal choice for riders seeking a versatile and steadfast equine companion.

Current situation of the rare and endangered Pottok

While the Pottok is no longer critically endangered, it remains classified as a rare and endangered breed. Conservation initiatives, led by the Pottok Preservation Association, emphasize maintaining genetic diversity and promoting responsible breeding practices. Efforts also involve raising awareness about the Pottok’s cultural significance and its potential role in sustainable land management.

Conservation grazing projects, where Pottoks manage vegetation in natural reserves, showcase their contribution to preserving biodiversity. These initiatives not only benefit the Pottok but also play a vital role in maintaining the ecological balance of their native habitats. As conservation efforts persist, the Pottok continues to symbolize the resilience of traditional breeds and their integral role in both cultural heritage and modern sustainability practices.

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


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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Event calendar

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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