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Black Forest Horse

Black Forest Horse
Black Forest Horses
Distinguishing features: Small to medium sized draft horse breed, has a dark coat with flaxen mane and tail.
Alternative names: Schwarzwälder Kaltblut; Black Forest cold blood
Country of origin: Germany
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

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



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 and expansive gaits. It stands from 14.2 to 15.3 hands high (148-160 cm) and weighs approximately 500 kg. It has very strong hooves and joints.

Breed history

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.


  • (German) Black forests cold blood - History and Stories, Volume I by Thomas Armbruster, Wolf Brodauf and Gerhard Schröder, Schillinger-Verlag, 2007 Freiburg, 196 pages, 301 illustrations, solid-bound ISBN 9783891553336


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