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Camargue

Camargue Qualities

The Camargue horse measures at around fourteen hands in size. They are generally grey in color and found in France. Known for their long and beautiful tails, these animals are very resilient. Once given the nickname 'Horses of the Sea', this breed is on display during the Camargue Festival each year. They're also used for rounding up bulls in this area where bull riding competitions are so very popular. They are adored so much that they have been portrayed in films, with one example being the "Dream of The Wild Horses" movie.

Camargue Temperament

Camargue horses have very fair tempers, in most cases. They are generally self sufficient animals and do not require much from their keepers. A horse that can travel long distances and also be used to carry or transport goods or riders is what makes this horse so useful. Being usually gray in coatings, this equates that each horse will have an underlying black shaded coat overtop of their white or sometimes tan colored top coat.

Camargue Appearance

The Camargue horse bodes a short neck and is full of muscles. Strong animals with shorter features such as smaller legs and a shorter back, their quarters are slopping and they also have very heavy heads that are large for their body size. These male and female horses have a choppy stride and their feet hardly ever require shoeing. Upright shoulders combined with a compact frame make them the unique animals that they are.

Camargue Upkeep

An easy horse that is not expensive to raise and still serves many purposes? This is what the Camargue horse breed encompasses. These creatures can survive in extreme heat and also extreme cold. They also reside on farms for herding and do great when riding long distances. These horses bode excellent endurance and are equally as intelligent.

Camargue History

The Camargue horse originated from the Southeast of France. They got their name from the area that is situated by the Rhone and Mediterranean where the area is full of land and lakes. It is this mystical area situated in Western Europe along the river that most of the Camargue horses were found. Experts believe these creatures are of no Arab relation at all. They may, however, be of relation to the breed called Solutre Horse, which is currently extinct. They are very strong creatures that can withstand the toughest of temperatures and extreme terrains. Utilized primarily by the cowboys and better referred to as their own guardians, the horses would even aide in rounding up bull and cattle. Currently, this breed is branded and the ones that are not good candidates for this are gelded. They can be found residing Arles, Monaco, Marseille, and other parts of France and Italy.

 

Source: Horsebreeds

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