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

Originating from the Salerno region in Italy, the Salernitano horse is a breed that boasts a long and illustrious history, deeply intertwined with the equestrian traditions of the area. Once renowned as a war horse due to its remarkable speed and agility, it has since transitioned into a breed celebrated for its versatility in various equestrian disciplines.

Origin and history of the Salernitano

The Salernitano’s roots can be traced back to the Middle Ages, where it was initially bred for cavalry use, combining the bloodlines of Neapolitan horses with those of Oriental breeds. Over the centuries, this breed has played a pivotal role in shaping Italy’s mounted military forces, and subsequently, its characteristics have been refined to enhance its suitability for both competitive and recreational riding.

Character and features of the Salernitano

Known for its docile yet spirited temperament, the Salernitano stands out with its elegant appearance, typically measuring between 160 to 170 cm in height. It possesses a strong and compact body, with a glossy coat that commonly exhibits shades of bay, chestnut, and black. Moreover, the breed’s intelligence and trainability make it a favored choice among equestrians seeking a reliable and capable mount.

Utilisation of the rare Salernitano

While the Salernitano was historically utilized for military purposes, today it excels in dressage, show jumping, and eventing, showcasing its adaptability and performance. Additionally, its gentle nature has also made it suitable for therapeutic riding programs, further demonstrating the breed’s broad utility in enhancing human lives.

Current situation of the rare and endangered Salernitano

Currently, the Salernitano horse is facing challenges in maintaining its population, prompting conservation efforts to protect its heritage. These initiatives aim not only to preserve the breed’s genetic diversity but also to promote its historical and cultural significance, ensuring that future generations can appreciate and utilize this magnificent breed.

Native Country




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

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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

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Professional photography of Salernitano

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