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Black Forest Horse

Country of Origin: Germany

Black Forest Horse


Also called Schwarzwälder Kaltblut, St. Märgener, and Wälderpferd, the Black Forest Horse is a small, tough draft breed with a high fertility rate and a long life span.


This breed is similar in looks to a large Haflinger or a small Noriker and is well suited for the intense climate of the highlands.

In 1896 an association was formed to standardize and document the breed, it was established that only Belgian draft blood would be added to increase size. However many locals continued to use native stallions, wanting to preserve the characteristics they found valuable on their farms. During WWI the authorities realized that the Belgians were not suiting the needs of the locals and the studbook was opened to local stock.


Average height 14.2 – 15.3 hands
Nimble and lively


Short, refined head with small ears and large eyes
Short, muscular neck
Short back
Shoulders are powerful but not too bulky
Broad, deep chest
Legs are trim and strong with little feathering

Traditional Colors

Dark chestnut coat with a flaxen modifier | grey | bay


Good natured and gentle

Black Forest Horse


Carriage horse
Riding horses
Agriculture work

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Black Forest Horse


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