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


Risk Level: at risk
Local Risk Level: very critical
Listed by DAD-IS, GEH
Heavy Warmblood breed from Germany

Informations about the rare Rottaler

The rare Rottaler horse is one of the oldest warmblood breeds in Germany, dating back to the Middle Ages. They can be of heavy warmblood type, but also of a lighter type, since they were universally used by the farmers for riding, driving or even field work. In the 1960s the Rottaler breed got absorbed by the modern sportive warmblood breeding and their branding „R“ was changed into a „B“, for Bavarian warmblood. 

Origin and history of the Rottaler

The Rottaler horse is proven to be the oldest historically mentioned horse breeding in Germany, alongside the East Frisian horse. The origin of horse breeding can be traced back to the 9th century. In Rottal/Lower Bavaria, horses with Arab bloodlines were bred on the basis of Hungarian plunder horses.

In the 16th century valuable stallions were given to monastery farms, which were also to be used by the farmers. The aim was to refine the land races of the time. Later the Rottalers were highly valued as fast, enduring military horses for artillery and riding. Until the 1950s the Rottaler was the most important warmblood population in Bavaria.

In 1963 the brand name “R” was changed to “B”. The conversion of Bavarian horse breeding from universal and farming warm blood to a pure sport horse brought the versatile Rottaler to the edge of existence. Nevertheless, a high percentage of Bavarian sport horses still carry Rottaler bloodlines today.

Character and features of the Rottaler

Rottaler horses are friendly and relaxed in character, with a good nature and balanced temperament. All Rottaler horses are subject to character tests.

Utilisation of the rare Rottaler

The Rottal warmblood horse is a noble universal horse. It is an excellent, reliable horse for riding, driving and leisure. It has powerful, spacious movements and also willing to jump. Rottalers are all-round performers both in the area of leisure riding and for higher ambitions. This traditional versatility is maintained and is reflected in the breeding test.

Current situation of the rare and endangered Rottaler

Only 1994 a small group revitalised the breed with only 22 horses left and reintroduced the studbook. Rottaler are bred by the mare line and nowadays the population counts 80 horses with 25 registered mares and 3 approved stallions. The breed is critically endangered.

Native country



regional, Bavaria

Risk Level

Critical: less than 100


160 - 165 cm

Coat colour

Bay, black, seal bay, few markings


Gesellschaft zur Erhaltung alter und gefährdeter Haustierrassen e.V. (GEH)

Forgotten horse

Rare and endangered

Other names of the Rottaler horse

Rottaler – Rottaler Pferd

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Where to find the rare Rottaler

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.

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.
Rottaler horse
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Rottaler Photoshooting

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Professional photography of Rottaler

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