UK June 2019

GREAT BRITAIN — JUNE 2019

Searching for Britain’s Forgotten Horses

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The journey has begun! I'm on my way now! Please don't hesitate to write me on short notice to meet up!

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

I will travel in my van and with my two dogs 🙂 Looking forward to meet you!
  • Arrival by ferry around Dover ca. 01.06.2019
  • New Forest > Dartmoor > Exmoor National Parks
  • Mendip Hills & Beach Session near Bristol
  • Lundy Island
  • Manorbier Castle & Skrinkle Bay, Wales
  • Brecon-Beacons & Snowdonia National Park, Wales
  • Bridgnorth, Shropshire
  • Peak District National Park
  • Barnard Castle, Dales
  • Cumbria, Lake District
  • Scottish Lowlands
  • Scottish Highlands
  • Isle of Skye
  • Eriskay island and Outer Hebrides
  • Southbound alongside the Eastcoast
  • Northumberland
  • Norfolk
  • Suffolk
  • Surrey
  • Ferry in Dover ca. 22.6.
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FREE AND FORGOTTEN HORSES

Preserve equine diversity

I'm looking for contacts, owners and breeders of the following horse breeds in England, Wales and Scotland:
Dartmoor Pony
Fell Pony
Exmoor Pony
New Forest Pony
British Spotted Pony
Cleveland Bay
Dales Pony
Hackney Horse + Pony
Kerry Bog Pony
Lundy Pony
Shire Horse
Suffolk Horse
Highland Pony
Eriskay Pony
Shetland Pony
Clydesdale Horse
Welsh Pony
Irish Draught Horse
Haflinger Horse 🙂

I'm open for interesting photo sessions with any other breed.

Contact me or book a session
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horse breeds originate to the British Isles

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

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are on the RBST equine watchlist

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

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have no status and a small population

British Spotted Pony – Kerry Pog Pony – Lundy Pony

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of British equines are vulnerable

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. 

Heritage

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.

Portrait

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.

Equestrian

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.

Black Background

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.

Free Action

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.

(Semi-feral) Herds

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.

Tricks

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.

Fantasy

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.

  • Plan at least 1,5-2h time for the session.
    I don't work after the clock, it will take the time it takes.
  • You will always get edited & retouched high quality photos for print and web optimised with my logo for online stuff
  • 229€ / £199 for the session and 5 photos
  • 279€ / £239 for the session and 10 photos
  • More photos can be purchased for 25€ / £20 each
  • Optional offer: all photos of the session for + 299€ / + £259 (edited, but not retouched)
  • For each edit and polishing it takes at least 20 minutes, for a bigger composing up to 3h per picture
  • I can retouch hands, fences, leashes or whole backgrounds, but I appreciate a well prepared session. The less retouching is necessary, the bigger the outcome for all of us.
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?

  • I don't always need to work for money. But I can not work for free.
  • I accept Diesel or a ferry ride to my next stop
  • I accept meals, showers and overnight stays (I travel in my camper)
  • I accept food for my doggies
  • I accept your goods or services with equal value
  • I accept local touristic tours 😉
  • I'm a good opportunity to get rid of your Euros before Brexit 🙂
  • The more we both invest in the session, the greater the outcome for all of us
Let's have a Pixel Trade
I offer you my talent — what can you offer me? I don't always need for money, but I can't work for free. Let's have a deal that everybody is happy with!
Bonus for interesting places
Big bonus for castles, ruins, architecture, beaches, waterfalls and other special places as location and for well trained horses which know some tricks.
Photos for your business
I offer product photography, business portraits or professional captures of your facility, not only for equestrians!
Let's meet up!
I love to meet new people while travelling or fellow photographers. Do you have similar plans and projects? Let's meet up and visit a national park together or organise photo sessions together!

Do you want to learn more about Forgotten Horses? Please follow my hashtag #explore_forgottenhorses on instagram and don’t miss any new updates and pictures of my project.

Do you want to see more Free Horses? Please follow my hashtag #explore_freehorses on instagram and don’t miss any new pictures of my project.

THE STORY

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.

  • Akhal-Tekke
  • Alt-Württemberger
  • Altösterreichisches Warmblut
  • American Cream
  • Anglo-Normand
  • Arab-Berber
  • Ardennais
  • Arenberg-Nordkirchner Pony
  • Asturcon
  • Auxois
  • Banker
  • Bardigiano
  • Belsky
  • Berber
  • Bosniake / Bosnian mountain pony
  • Boulonnais
  • Brabant
  • British Spotted Pony
  • Budjonny
  • Cabalo Galego
  • Calabrese
  • California Vaquero
  • Camargue
  • Canadian
  • Caspian Horse
  • Castillonnais
  • Catria Horse
  • Cavallo Romano della Maremma Laziale
  • Cheval d'Auvergne
  • Cheval Barraquand
  • Cheval corse
  • Cheval de Megève
  • Choctaw
  • Cleveland Bay
  • Clydesdale
  • Cob Normand
  • Colonial Spanish
  • Dales Pony
  • Dartmoor Pony
  • Dole Horse
  • Don Horse
  • Dilboss / Delbaz / Deliboss
  • Dülmener Wildpferd
  • Eriskay Pony
  • Esperia Pony
  • Exmoor Pony
  • Fell Pony
  • Florida Cracker
  • Freiberger
  • Galiceño
  • Garrano
  • Giara Horse
  • Gotland Pony
  • Hackney Horse
  • Hackney Pony
  • Henson
  • Highland Pony
  • Huzule / Hucul
  • Irish Draught Horse
  • Karabakh
  • Karabaier / Karabairskaya
  • Karakachan
  • Karbadiner
  • Kerry Bog Pony
  • Knabstrupper (Barock Type)
  • Kladruber
  • Kinsky Pferd
  • Lehmkuhler Pony
  • Letea Forest horse
  • Leutstettener Pferd
  • Lipizzaner
  • Lundy Pony
  • Losiño
  • Maremmano
  • Marsh Tacky
  • Mérens
  • Monterufolino
  • Morgan (Traditional)
  • Mountain Please Horse
  • Murgese
  • Napoletano †
  • New Forest Pony
  • Newfoundland Pony
  • New Mexiko
  • Noriker
  • Pfalz-Ardenner Kaltblut
  • Pentro horse
  • Persano
  • Poitevin Mulassier
  • Pónei da Terceira
  • Poney Landais
  • Pottock
  • Pryor
  • Quba
  • Rahvan
  • Retuerta
  • Rheinisch-Deutsches Kaltblut
  • Rocky Mountain Horse
  • Rottaler Pferd
  • Sächsisch-Thüringisches Schweres Warmblut
  • Salernitano
  • Samolaco horse
  • Sanfratellano
  • Santa Cruz
  • Sarcidano
  • Sardinian Anglo-Arab
  • Schleswiger Kaltblut
  • Schwarzwälder Fuchs
  • Schweres Warmblut Ostfriesen / Altoldenburger
  • Serbian mountain pony
  • Shagya-Araber
  • Shire Horse
  • Siciliano indigeno
  • Sorraia
  • Suffolk Punch
  • Sulphur
  • Tolfetano
  • TPR (Cavallo italiano da tiro pesante rapido)
  • Trait du Nord
  • Ventasso horse
  • Wiatka
  • Wilbur-Cruce
  • Yomud / Iomud
  • Yakut Pony / Jakuten
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.

RBST Watchlist Categories:

    1. Critical (less than 150)
    2. Endangered (300-500)
    3. Vulnurable (500-900)
    4. At Risk (900-1500)
    5. Minority (1500-3000)
    6. Other native breeds (greater than 3000)
 

Rote Liste der bedrohten Nutztierrassen in Deutschland – Categories:

  1. I – extrem gefährdet
  2. II – stark gefährdet
  3. III – gefährdet
  4. Vorwarnstufe
  5. Daten unzureichend: Genetik bzw. Gefährdungsgrad unsicher
  6. Rassen aus anderen Ländern
 

Livestock Conservancy Categories:

  • 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.