Meet Germany’s beautiful black forest horses, an endangered horse breed that you can’t help but admire for its beauty.
Their deep chestnut coat contrasts beautifully with their thick golden mane. Prepare to fall in love with this light draft breed that evolved over time in the Black Forest of southwest Germany.
Although this working horse breed is now endangered, the German people have relied on them for over 600 years.
According to the archives of the Abbey of Saint Peter in the Black Forest, the Black Forest Horses have been documented since the 15th century.
Although these cold-blooded horses are not as powerful as your large draft horse breeds, they are robust, strong, and capable.
On average, the Black Forest Horse weighs between 1,250 and 1,400 pounds. Stallions can reach up to 16 hands in height, while mares range from 14.3 to 15.5 hands.
Black Forest Horses are strong, but they also have incredible patience and a sweet demeanor.
As a result, they are an excellent choice for new or inexperienced horse owners.
These beautiful horses are commonly used for driving, but many people also use them for recreational purposes such as carriage riding.
Other names for these horses include Schwarzwälder Füchs, Schwarzwälder Kaltblut, Wälder Horse, and Saint Märgener.
There were only 88 stallions and 1,077 mares recorded in the population in 2017.
Fortunately, these horses are said to have a high reproductive rate. Their numbers are expected to increase in the near future as a result of careful breeding.
Many people are working hard to ensure that the breed does not become extinct.
According to TheEquinest.com, a German group was formed in 1896 to conserve and preserve this rare breed of horse.
The organization regulated and documented this beautiful breed, stating that only Belgian draft blood may be used in breeding to improve the horse’s size.
The Black Forest farmers refer to these graceful and beautiful horses as the “Pearls of the Black Forest,” and it’s easy to see why.