Photos and informations about the rare Senner 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 Germany

Informations about the rare Senner

The Senner horse, Germany’s oldest saddle-horse breed, is critically endangered. Documented since 1160, it originates from the Senne region in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. This breed is renowned for its versatility as a riding horse and its role in conservation grazing.

Origin and history of the Senner

The Senner’s origins are shrouded in mystery, with many historical records lost in a 1945 fire. However, medieval documents mention feral herds in the Senne as early as 1160. Initially bred to serve the Lippe family, the breed was influenced by Arabian, Anglo-Arab, Thoroughbred, and Iberian stock over centuries.Genetic analysis revealed a unique maternal DNA line linking them with certain Arabian thoroughbreds, suggesting ancient connections to the Arabian region well before systematic stud book records began in 1713.

Character and features of the Senner

Senner horses are of Anglo-Arabian type and noted for their exceptional versatility and robustness, with an average height of 158 to 167 cm and capable of displaying all coat colors. Their adaptability to various environments and tasks makes them invaluable in both agriculture and recreational sports. 

Utilisation of the rare Senner

Traditionally, Senner horses were utilized for a range of tasks from farming to riding. Today, they are particularly valued for leisure riding and driving, and landscape maintenance due to their endurance and friendly nature.

Current situation of the rare and endangered Senner

With less than 100 registered animals, the Senner breed is critically endangered. Conservation efforts are focused on preserving their genetic diversity and promoting their unique characteristics. The population development shows a slow increase in the total number of Senner horses from 41 in 2009 to 58 in 2022 and 2023. The number of mares and stallions capable of breeding remains relatively stable, with slight fluctuations in the number of covered mares and live foals each year.

Native country




Risk Level

Critical: less than 100


158-167 cm

Coat colour

Bay, black, chestnut, grey



Forgotten horse

Rare and endangered

Free Horse

free roaming in the Senne

Other names of the Senner horse

Senner Pferd — Senne

Explore my Senner 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 Senner

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.



Breed show

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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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Senner 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.

photo archive

Professional photography of Senner

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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