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The 5 rarest horse breeds from France

A list of the rarest and most endangered horse breeds from France. Raise awareness to disappearing horse breeds and preseve equine diversity.

Cheval du Vercors de Barraquand

Cheval du Vercors de Barraquand

About the rare breed

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.

In the numbers: 2019

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Vercors de Barraquand

Risk Level: at risk
Local Risk Level: Critical
Listed by DAD-IS
Small horse breed from France

Cheval de Corse

Unfortunately I haven’t met the Corsican horse yet, so I don’t have any photos 🙁 

About the rare breed

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.

In the numbers: 2019

Castillonnais

Castillonnais

About the rare breed

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.

In the numbers: 2019

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Castillonnais
Forgotten Horses

Castillonnais

Risk Level: at risk
Local Risk Level: Critical
Listed by DAD-IS
Small horse breed from France

Poney Landais

Poney Landais

About the rare breed

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.

In the numbers: 2019

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Poney Landais
Forgotten Horses

Poney Landais

Risk Level: at risk
Local Risk Level: Critical
Listed by DAD-IS
Small horse breed from France

Cheval de Trait Poitevin Mulassier

Poitevin Mulassier

About the rare breed

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. 

In the numbers: 2019

More infos and photos:

Forgotten Horses

Poitevin Mulassier

Risk Level: at risk
Local Risk Level: Critical
Listed by DAD-IS
Draft Horse breed from France

Forgotten Horses Group on Facebook

This group is part of the Forgotten Horses project and aims to raise awareness of endangered horse breeds and to contribute to the preservation of the diversity of horse breeds and free living and wild horses.
The group provides information and facilitates international exchange on rare and endangered horse breeds.
Cheval du Vercors de Barraquand
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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.

Preserve equine diversity

Forgotten Horses

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.

Discover the world of equines

Horses of the world

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. 

Fine Art Photosession and Advertising Photography
Forgotten Horses

Pfalz-Ardenner

Risk Level: at risk
Local Risk Level: critical
Listed by DAD-IS
Draft horse breed from Germany

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