Meadows has imported a Schwarzwalder stallion
and filly from Germany. Also known as the Schwarzwalder
Fuchs (Black Forest Chestnut), the breed originated
in the fairytale land of southwest Germany’s
Black Forest. The breed overall is said to resemble
a small Noriker, and may be related to the Haflinger,
two other Alpine breeds.
has the less common pure white mane and tail contrasting
with his dark chestnut body- quite showy. He stands
at 14.1 H.
The filly, Porta,
has the same coloring with a flaxen mane.
used as a strong but compact draught horse in
their mountainous native region, the breed survived
attempts to crossbreed it out of existence with
Belgians in the years after WWI. So favored was
it by the local farmers that they secretly bred
their mares with purebred stallions. This story
reminds us of the similar tale of survival of
the Friesian breed after the wars of the last
the turn of this millennium the number of mares
was about 700 with about 45 registered stallions.
This number is increasing due to the Schwarzwalder’s
increasing value as a leisure horse.
to the near-complete absence of purebred Schwarzwalders
in North America, our stallion is available for
crossbreeding. Cobs, Gypsy Vanners, Haflingers,
and Norikers are all obvious candidates, but we
are willing to entertain any inquiries.
Contact Larry Riggs at Proud
(top and middle) Rondo