Photos and informations about the rare Slaski 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
Heavy Warmblood horse breed from Poland

Informations about the rare Slaski

The Slaski, also known as the Silesian Warmblood, is a horse breed with a rich history and distinctive characteristics. Originating from the Silesian region, this warmblood breed has garnered attention for its versatility and strength.

Origin and history of the Slaski

The Slaski breed hails from the Silesian region, encompassing parts of Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic. It emerged in the early 20th century, a result of careful crossbreeding efforts aimed at producing a versatile and robust horse suitable for various purposes. The foundation stock included local mares and stallions, as well as the influence of Thoroughbreds, Hanoverians, and Trakehners. Unfortunately, the breed faced endangerment due to the shift in agricultural practices, diminishing the demand for heavy working horses. The mechanization of agriculture and transportation further contributed to the decline of the Slaski breed.

Character and features of the Slaski

Known for their calm temperament and cooperative nature, Slaski horses exhibit a harmonious blend of strength and agility. They typically stand between 160 to 170 cm at the withers, showcasing a well-proportioned physique with a strong, muscular build. Their versatile nature makes them suitable for both riding and driving disciplines.

Utilisation of the rare Slaski

The Slaski breed is highly versatile, excelling in various equestrian disciplines. They are often employed in agriculture, forestry, and as carriage horses due to their strength and endurance. Additionally, their trainable and amiable character makes them well-suited for recreational riding and competitive sports.

Current situation of the rare and endangered Slaski

The Slaski breed faces the threat of endangerment, and various organizations, including the Polish Horse Breeders Association, have listed it as a rare and endangered breed. Conservation efforts involve breeding programs focused on maintaining the breed’s genetic diversity and promoting its use in different activities. Challenges arise from the declining demand for heavy working horses and the need to adapt to modern agricultural practices. The population size is relatively small, emphasizing the urgency of conservation initiatives. While some dedicated breeders and smaller studs are contributing to the preservation of the Slaski breed, the overall situation remains delicate.

Native country




Risk Level



154-170 cm

Coat colour

Bay, black, chestnut, grey



Forgotten horse

Rare and endangered

Other names of the Slaski horse

Ślůnski — Slaski — Schlesier — Silesian Horse

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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 Slaski

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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Slaski 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 Slaski

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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