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 Śląski, or Silesian horse, has its roots deeply embedded in the rich soils of Poland, particularly in the Silesia region. This breed, known for its robustness and versatility, has been a cornerstone of Polish equestrian traditions for centuries. Historically utilized in agriculture and warfare, today’s Slaski continues to demonstrate its adaptability and strength in various equestrian disciplines.

Origin and history of the Slaski

The Śląski’s lineage can be traced back to the 19th century, when local mares were crossed with Arab, Thoroughbred, and later, Trakehner stallions to enhance their stamina, speed, and elegance. This careful selection process contributed to the development of a breed well-suited for both work and leisure, embodying the spirit of the Silesian region.

Character and features of the Slaski

Known for their calm and friendly temperament, Śląski horses are easily recognizable by their muscular build and expressive eyes. Standing at an average height of 160 to 170 cm, they exhibit coats in bay, black, and chestnut. The Slaski’s intelligence and willingness to work make it a favored choice for many riders.

Utilisation of the rare Slaski

Historically, the Silesian horse was a valuable asset in agricultural work and as a cavalry horse. Today, the Śląski excels in dressage, show jumping, and driving, showcasing its versatility and capacity to perform at high levels. Its gentle nature also makes it suitable for therapeutic and leisure riding, affirming its multifaceted role in equestrian sports.

Current situation of the rare and endangered Slaski

The Śląski horse is currently experiencing a resurgence in popularity, with breeding and conservation efforts aimed at preserving its heritage and ensuring its future. These initiatives emphasize the importance of the Slaski in Polish culture and its potential contributions to the global equestrian community.

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

Explore my Slaski 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 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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Event calendar

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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