Risk Level: Not at risk
It is always worth to visit the Black Forest, to any time and any season. I was on a mini tour in the Black Forest to meet old and new friends and horses. Of course it’s all about Black Forest horses, Haflinger and one rare horse breed… !
My first stop was in St.Märgen, the origin and Mekka of Black Forest Horses. I did a photo session with the stallions Wildbach and Markgraf, in addition to some mare and foal photos in the low and soft light of the sunset.
Black, blacker, Black Forest stallion Wildbach who could resist a horse like this??
Summer sun bathing fun! The Black Forest is not just big dark trees and enchanted gorges, but here you can go to the beach in summer and in autumn it’s a sea of mist: the Schluchsee. And in the middle of it, the Haflinger stallion Sultan having fun in the water. The lucky guy preferred to go for a swim in the hot weather and didn’t want to get out of the water the perfect water-photo-horse!
Next to Haflinger stallion Sultan I also photographed this big black beauty called Taifun. We did portraits on black and in nature, before we went swimming.
Taifun is a very special horse, as he fits into my project Forgotten Horses.
Have you ever heard of the Silesian horse? Also called Slaski, to be precise Koń śląski (it’s pronounced “shlouwnski” more or less). It is a Warmblood breed from Poland, which has been influenced by the Oldenburg and East Friesian Warmblood from Germany. During the Second World War the breed almost died out completely, but it recovered since then. Today there are two types within the Slaski breed: a modern saddle horse type and a traditional, heavy, big boned Warmblood. There are maybe around 3000-5000 horses of this breed, however the heavy type has only 20% of this population. This makes the Slaski, especially the old type, an endangered and rare horse breed.
Let us escape on an exciting journey full of horse photography, beautiful places and great people. My Explorer events can be one-day adventures or extend to large expeditions. With changing destinations and themes we will never be bored. You have the choice, I would be happy to welcome you.
Almost 60% of our equine breeds are endangered or have a vulnerable status with such small populations, that their destiny often depends on the selfless commitment of individual persons. It is my mission now to explore rare and endangered horse breeds and to raise awareness by giving them a new platform and to preserve equine diversity.
This is a horse breed gallery to show the horses of the world I have photographed for my projects Forgotten Horses and Free Horses, as well as during my other photographic actives, events and travels.
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