Few animals have more of an air of mystique and romance than horses. Even more so, black horses are associated with a sense of mystery and nostalgia. From Black Beauty to Alexander the Great’s famous black stallion, Bucephalus, black horses are among the rarest and most beautiful types of horses in the world.
FriesianThe Friesian is a breed that originates from Friesland, in the Netherlands, known for its jet-black coat and high-stepping gait. They are also known as “Belgian Blacks,” horses of impressive height and power.
Fell PonyHorsey Hooves reports that fell ponies have lived in the British moorlands since ancient times. Perhaps the horse that inspired legends of kelpies, black carnivorous horses of folklore, fell ponies have long flowing manes and silk-black coats.
Dales PonyAlso known for its strength and stamina, the dales pony is an intelligent breed native to the mountain regions of England. It is roughly the same size as its relative, the fell pony, though it can be slightly taller.
MurgeseMore closely related to Arab breeds, the Murgese is a tall, elegant horse, known for hardiness and versatility. It is a light draft horse, and even stallions tend to be unusually well mannered.
Mérens HorseThis French breed is native to Ariégeois. Mérens horses are sure footed and make excellent trail riders.
Averaging taller than the fell and dales ponies, but shorter than the Murgese, Mérens have had versatile uses throughout history. They worked on farms, as pack horses, and even in the French cavalry.
PercheronAnother French breed, the Percheron is a draft horse known for its enormous height. This elegant and agile horse was commonly used as a heavy draft horse or for riding into battle.
After WWII, the breed saw a heavy decline but has since recovered and has seen increasing popularity in the United States and France. Their versatile uses range from farm and forestry work to riding, competitions, and even police mounts.