Risk Level: at risk
Local Risk Level: Critical
Listed by DAD-IS
Small horse breed from France
The Vercors horse, also called Barraquand horse, is a medium sized and hardy mountain horse from the Vercors mountains. The breed almost went extinct after the Second World War and is gaining numbers only in recent years. Even in France the breed is almost only known locally.
Unfortunately I haven’t met the Corsican horse yet, so I don’t have any photos 🙁
The Corsican pony is mostly found on the island Corsica, only very few are in France. The breed was only registered in 2012, although the horses live for centuries on the island and universally used by the population.
The Castillonnais is sometimes called the bay version of the Mérens horse. But in reality is an ancient breed of its own. The hardy mountain horse from the Pyrenees was used universally for transport, agriculture and military.
The Landais lives semi-feral in the marshes in south-west France. The elegant ponies are not only hardy enough to live outdoors all year, but are also rediscovered as sports pony for dressage and jumping competitions.
The Poitevin is closely linked to the Poitou donkey and the Poitou Mule. This draft horse once was leading in the mule production. Today it is one of the least known heavy horses, although the Poitevin makes a comeback as partner for leisure driving and riding.
Take part in my projects Forgotten Horses and Free Horses and make an impact that matters. By photographing rare and endangered horses we can raise awareness to disappearing horse breeds and preserve equine diversity.
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.
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