Vilde heste løber gennem et vandhul på Sydlangeland

The wild horses on Langeland

The wild horses are called wild because they live with as little interference of humans as possible.

During harsh winters though, roughage is laid out for the horses, and they are under supervision at all times in case one of them becomes ill and needs a veterinarian.

Tre vilde heste på Sydlangeland

The horses live in a herd of app. 60 adult animals with a stallion leader and a mare leader, on occasion though, it is necessary to ex­change the stallion leader with a new one in order to avoid inbreeding. 

To vilde heste på Sydlangeland

An Exmoor pony is app. 130 cm tall with a stocky body and muscular black legs. The coat is brownish and the winter coat con­sists of both wool hair and guard hair. Actually, their winter coat is so thick, that snow can lie on the ponies’ back without melting.

Vilde heste græsser ved Gulstav Mose

The wild horses

The ponies on South Langeland came here from Tærø near Møn in 2006, where the herd has lived in the wild since 1964. The ponies’ job is to eat the grass in the area, so the sunlight can reach the surface of the ground and thereby promote diversity in species of both plants and animals.

The area where the herd lives is fenced in, but there’s free access as long as you comply with the rules of access. The herd is often visible from the hat shaped hill “Ørnehøj”, smaller herds of the horses can be seen at Klise Nor near Bagenkop and at “Flådet” near Tranekær.

Is it allowed to pat the wild horses?

No, and you should not try either. The horses are wild, which means that the stallion and the driver will try to defend their flock. Keep a distance from the herd at 50 m. However, the horses are used to having people in the area.

Can I take the dog into the area with the wild horses?

Unfortunately no. For the sake of the horses, the dogs unfortunately have to stay home when you visit the area with the horses. However, it is possible to walk outside the fence with your dog. READ ABOUT THE AREA

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