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


Risk Level: at risk
Local Risk Level: critical
Listed by DAD-IS
Warmblood horse breed from Italy

Informations about the rare Salernitano

The Salernitano, a captivating horse breed with roots deeply embedded in Southern Italy, stands as a testament to the region’s rich equestrian heritage. This majestic breed has a storied history and unique qualities that set it apart in the world of equines.

Origin and history of the Salernitano

Originating in the Salerno province of Italy, the Salernitano has a lineage that can be traced back centuries. Developed through a meticulous breeding process that involved blending local Italian stock with influences from Andalusian and Barb horses, the Salernitano emerged as a symbol of strength, elegance, and versatility. Historically, these horses were sought after for their prowess in battle, demonstrating courage and agility. Despite its illustrious past, the Salernitano, like many traditional breeds, has faced endangerment due to shifts in military tactics and the decline in demand for warhorses.

Character and features of the Salernitano

The Salernitano is a true embodiment of grace and strength, standing proudly between 160 to 170 cm at the withers. With a muscular build and distinctive Roman nose, these horses exude an air of nobility. Known for their intelligence and spirited nature, Salernitanos possess a harmonious blend of energy and composure. Their expressive eyes and well-defined features contribute to their captivating presence.

Utilisation of the rare Salernitano

Versatility defines the Salernitano’s role, transcending historical battlefield duties to encompass a wide array of contemporary equestrian activities. Beyond their traditional use in cavalry, Salernitanos excel in dressage, show jumping, and various other disciplines. Their inherent athleticism and willingness to work make them ideal companions for riders seeking a horse that combines elegance with performance.

Current situation of the rare and endangered Salernitano

The Salernitano, though not officially listed as endangered, faces challenges common to many historical breeds. Efforts led by Italian equestrian organizations focus on preserving the breed’s genetic diversity and promoting its adaptability in modern contexts. Breeders and enthusiasts alike are dedicated to ensuring the continued existence of the Salernitano, recognizing its cultural significance and unique attributes. The breed’s population remains relatively small, emphasizing the importance of conservation initiatives.


Faroe Islands



Risk Level

Critical: ca. 230 horses


150-170 cm

Coat colour

Bay, black, chestnut, grey



Forgotten horse

Rare and endangered

Other names of the Salernitano horse

Salerno horse — Salerner

Explore my Salernitano 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 Salernitano

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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Salernitano 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 Salernitano

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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