Searching for Britain’s Forgotten Horses
In June 2019 I will travel for 3 weeks in Great Britain, searching for Britain's Forgotten Horses, semi-feral herds and of course for British Haflingers. While travelling I'm usually flexible enough to be open for photo sessions along the way. Don't hesitate to contact me for a booking or for meeting up. I appreciate any kind of support to work on my own projects. Who knows if and when I will head in the same direction again soon?
Temporary travel schedule
My plan is to travel from South West England up to Scotland to interesting places and then back on the Eastcoast south on my way back to Europe. I would like to visit the national parks to find semi-feral living herds, as well as breeders or barns to capture beautiful portraits in the typical landscape or in front of cottages. Breeds with working or traditional context, I would also love to capture working.
Big bonus for castles, ruins, architecture, beaches, waterfalls and other special places as location and for well trained horses which know some tricks.
Travel dates will be in around 01.06.-22.06.2019
Preserve equine diversity
I'm looking for contacts, owners and breeders of the following horse breeds in England, Wales and Scotland:
New Forest Pony
British Spotted Pony
Hackney Horse + Pony
Kerry Bog Pony
Irish Draught Horse
Haflinger Horse 🙂
I'm open for interesting photo sessions with any other breed.Contact me or book a session
Cleveland Bay – Clydesdale – Gypsy Cob – Hackney – Irish Draught – Irish Sport Horse – Shire – Suffolk Punch – Thoroughbred – Welsh Cob – British Spotted pony – Connemara – Dales pony – Dartmoor pony – Eriskay pony – Exmoor pony – Fell pony – Hackney pony – Highland pony – Kerry Bog pony – Lundy pony – New Forest pony – Shetland pony – Welara – Welsh pony
Cleveland Bay – Clydesdale – Hackney – Irish Draught – Shire – Suffolk Punch – Dales pony – Dartmoor pony – Eriskay pony – Exmoor pony – Fell pony – Hackney pony – Highland pony – New Forest pony
British Spotted Pony – Kerry Pog Pony – Lundy Pony
We should make sure that none of these breeds will be added to the list of Great Britain’s extinct horse breeds: Galloway pony – Irish Hobby – Norfolk Trotter – Old English Black – Yorkshire Coach Horse – Yorkshire Grey Horse
Let's have a session with your horse!
There are 1001 possibilities to bring your horse into the best light. To give you an idea, I have listed some popular session types.
Let's visualise the history and heritage of your breed with traditional outfits, harnesses and and environment that fits to the horse. Is it a working breed? Let's capture the performance to show the world.
Let's produce some eye-candy of your horse and make a glamour portrait session. The world should learn more about this breed and they will pay more attention, if they are mesmerised by high quality portraits that represent the true nature of the breed.
Let's show how well your breed performs under the saddle or pulling a carriage. It is a crucial point to show the world, that these horses are not only nice to look at, but also perfect team members and talented sport partners.
By reducing the background to a minimum, the true beauty and grace of a horse is set to a maximum. Black background sessions are very popular for portraits and easily made in your barn.
Horses & Landscape
The history of your horse breed is connected to its region and formed by the conditions of the location. Let's put your horse in its natural surroundings and combine the session with the stunning landscape.
Let's show the power and pure beauty of equines by having some action with your horse. This can be while letting it run free on a field or a lunge somewhere outside your barn.
You don't only own one horse, but you have a whole herd? They live semi-feral somewhere in the country? Or the pastures at your barn are scenic enough? I love observing group dynamics and social behaviour in herds.
Your horse is a professional trick pony? You can put it everywhere without bridle? It maybe even know tricks like rearing or the spanish walk? Sessions with well trained horses are definitely a lot of fun.
I'm always open for themed sessions with unicorns, medieval knights, celtic horses, mystic ponies, war horses or fairy equines. Do you have an outfit, a locations and ideas for fantasy photos? I'm in!
Do you own an endangered breed, a semi-feral herd or want to book a session?
Do you own an endangered breed, volunteer for a trust or have access to a semi-feral herd? I would love to portrait your horses as part of my Forgotten Horses project and visit semi-feral herds as part of my Free Horses project. Let’s set up a session to capture the breed in various contexts. You can either book me for a session or have a Pixel Trade with me. Please respect that I have some conditions to my photo subjects. I don’t always need to work for money — but I can not work for free. Here is how we can have a deal.
Book me for a session
I will be at your photographic service and together we will capture whatever your heart desires with all my heart and soul. After the session you will be able to select your favourite pictures which I will edit and polish for you. We exchange time and interest — and service for money. Ask me for individual prices if you have a business or own a barn. I offer a 10% discount for groups (4+ individuals) and for students.
Free session and Pixel Trade
To follow my projects I will have a free session and capture the images I have in my mind. I put my heart and soul in it and I expect you to do the same and have an effort for this session.
In the end I will make a selection of the pictures and send you a few edited ones you can also use for your business or private page. We don’t only exchange time and interest, but also skills and products — a Pixel Trade.
I offer you my talent — what can you offer me? How much is a photo session worth to you?
Preserve equine diversity
The numbers of the FAO Bioversity Report 2019 are shocking and although they are about all livestock breeds (which included horses), itshows an alarming trend, that probably one quarter of the equine population faces extinction and the risk status of half of the equine breeds is unknown or vulnerable.
- 7 745 local breeds of livestock are still in existence
- 26% of these are at risk of extinction
- The risk status of 67% is unknown
- Only 7% are not at risk
An incomplete and unofficial list of Forgotten Horses
The list of extinct and vanished equine breeds is incredibly long and most horse breeds died out because they were not needed any more. This is still a problem of many existing breeds and types, but it also seems that breeding societies and clubs prefer to promote only a few, more “profitable” breeds and tend to forget about the others.
During my research I created a list of mostly european horse breeds, which is definitely incomplete and more names will be added. All horses are listed as critical, threatened/endangered, vulnerable, at risk, recovering or restored by one of the above mentioned societies. I also added horse breeds which are not listed officially, but have such small numbers that they should be recognised by any list, but aren’t for various reasons.
Please don’t hesitate to write me if you want to support me in my mission, know addresses, breeders or contacts of any of the listed breeds or if you have knowledge about other breeds which I haven’t listed.
- Gesellschaft zur Erhaltung alter und gefährdeter Haustierrassen e. V. (GEH)
- Arche Austria – Verein zur Erhaltung seltener Nutztierrassen
- Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) (UK)
- A Sociedade Portuguesa de Recursos Genéticos Animais (SPREGA)
- The Livestock Conservancy (US)
- Heritage Livestock Canada
- Equus Survival Trust
- Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand
- Rare Breed Trust of Australia
Native breed criteria
Every watchlist has different criteria for breeds to be placed on the list,. First of all only native and registered breeds of a country are approved. It also depends on population genetic factors, population size and registered breeding females. If there is insufficient data or a country doesn’t display interest in conserving heritage breeds, it is more likely that the breed doesn’t pop up in any list and has no official status.
- Critical (less than 150)
- Endangered (300-500)
- Vulnurable (500-900)
- At Risk (900-1500)
- Minority (1500-3000)
- Other native breeds (greater than 3000)
Rote Liste der bedrohten Nutztierrassen in Deutschland – Categories:
- I – extrem gefährdet
- II – stark gefährdet
- III – gefährdet
- Daten unzureichend: Genetik bzw. Gefährdungsgrad unsicher
- Rassen aus anderen Ländern
- Critical: Fewer than 200 annual registrations in the United States and estimated global population less than 2,000.
- Threatened: Fewer than 1,000 annual registrations in the United States and estimated global population less than 5,000.
- Watch: Fewer than 2,500 annual registrations in the United States and estimated global population less than 10,000. Also included are breeds that present genetic or numerical concerns or have a limited geographic distribution.
- Recovering: reeds that were once listed in another category and have exceeded Watch category numbers but are still in need of monitoring.
- Study: Breeds that are of genetic interest but either lack definition or lack genetic or historical documentation.