Black Forest Horse

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Black Forest Horse
Black Forest Horses
Other namesSchwarzwälder Kaltblut; Black Forest cold blood
Country of originGermany
Distinguishing featuresSmall to medium-sized draft horse breed, has a dark coat with flaxen mane and tail.
The Black Forest Horse

The Black Forest Horse, also called the Black Forest cold blood or Schwarzwälder Kaltblut, is a rare draft horse breed originating in southern Germany.[1]

Schwarzwälder Vierspänner.jpg


Features of the Black Forest Horse include a dark chestnut coat with a flaxen mane and tail, a short head, strong neck, well laid back shoulders, wide croup (hindquarters) and expansive gaits. It stands from 14.2 to 15.3 hands (58 to 63 inches, 147 to 160 cm) and weighs approximately 650 kg.[1] It has very strong hooves and joints.

Breed history[edit]

Developed in Germany, today a major center of breeding is the Marbach stud.


Black Forest Horses were originally used for work in the forest and pulling carriages and carts. They are good-natured and gentle and recently have become popular riding horses.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Black Forest Horse". Breeds of Livestock. Oklahoma State University. Retrieved 10 November 2010.

Further reading[edit]

  • (German) Black Forest Cold Bloods - History and Stories, Volume I by Thomas Armbruster, Wolf Brodauf and Gerhard Schröder, Schillinger-Verlag, 2007 Freiburg, ISBN 978-3-89155-333-6

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