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The Black Forest horse, also called the Schwarzwälder Fuchs (Black Forest Chestnut), is a heavy pony breed from the Black Forest area in Germany. The small horse is related to the very similar haflinger horse from the southern region of the Alpine Mountains, but profoundly darker in colour and slightly more heavy in type.

Largely unknown due to the small geographical range that contains its breeders, the breed is now growing in popularity in Western Europe. It is a very versatile breed, not unlike the older haflinger types, and a sight to behold while pulling the sleigh.

Colours

The Black Forest Horse is well known for its dark, warm chestnut colour with flaxen mane and tail. Though strikingly similar to silver dappled horses, all of the tested horses so far are chestnut in colour and the silver genetics do not appear to be present in the population.

Despite being famous and well loved for their dark coat, several Black Forest Horses appear to be normal, though perhaps slightly darker, chestnuts with flaxen mane and tail. Unlike with the haflinger horse, this colour variant is not as popular.

Where most of the breed seems to be uniformly chestnut, the colours black, bay and brown do appear in a few individuals. Grey is present in one last lineage, which is currently not being used for breeding pure-bred Black Forest Horses. When it goes extinct, the colour will disappear from the studbook.

White markings appear mainly as a broad blaze. Surprisingly, and very much like the haflinger horse, this blaze more often than not accompanies dark legs without white. Four or less white legs are, however, present in the breed, but decreasing in popularity and often selected against.

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