- 2003The race was officially recognised
- 200Hensons in Marquenterre
- 1m50 average height
miniature horses in the Somme Bay
Henson horses are small, sweet and rustic, with a golden coat. There are around 1,200 in France, including 200 in Marquenterre, in the Somme Bay, where the race originated. They first came into existence 30 years ago and were officially recognised in 2003. Henson horses have come to symbolise the ideal of horse-riding, through the wilderness. It's the perfect way to visit the Marquenterre landscape, a 1,000-hectare polder comprising pasture land and dunes, woodlands and inland marshes.
An easy-going nature
ideal for beginners
Henson horses are a cross between Fjord stallions (from Scandinavia) and local mares of various races (Thoroughbreds, Anglo-Arabian and French Saddlebreds). They are small, calm and sociable, ideal for those learning horse-riding. They are also very hardy and can spend the winter outdoors.
Don't miss: the Transhenson in October
A long autumnal journey taking Henson horses from their summer pastures to their winter quarters!
Would you like to try riding a Henson?
contact the clubs
The Henson horse-riding centres in Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont, L'étrier in Fort-Mahon, the Henson horse-riding school in Rue and the Ferme Relais de la baie are all centres specialising in breeding Hensons and Henson horse-riding for tourists.
There are other horse-riding centres with other races to take you through other landscapes!