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Konik Horse

Equus ferus caballus

A primitive horse breed from Poland. Stocky bodies, and relatively short height (1.3-1.4m to the shoulder). They have a thick, black mane which can sometimes have lighter sections in it.

Overall coat colour is termed “blue dun” and appears as a mousey grey colour with dark faces and legs. A black stripe along their backs, as well as occasional leg stripes make them easily distinguished from other horse breeds.

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Like all horses, Koniks are highly social. Their feeding habits are helpful in habitat management as they provide ideal conditions for other wildlife to thrive and increase biodiversity.

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UK Status

Konik horses are now used in the UK for conservation grazing projects in Cambridge, Suffolk, Sussex and Kent.

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In 2002, Wildwood reintroduced these horses into the UK on nature reserves as part of their conservation grazing project. To find out more about Wildwood’s conservation grazing and habitat restoration projects with Konik horses, visit our conservation page.


Extensively used for conservation grazing on nature reserves throughout Europe.


Ideal for wetland, or marshland grazing projects. Also used within woodlands.


Vegetation, mainly grasses.

Did you know?

This primitive horse breed is used throughout Europe for conservation grazing due to its similarities with the now extinct European wild horse; the Tarpan.

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