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White Horses of the Sea


Typically ridden Western-style, the Camargue is a light and responsive ride.
The Camargue horse is surrounded by mystery. No-one really knows if they are native or imported; certainly their genetic make up is a mix. Whatever their origin, they have run wild in the wetlands of France's Camargue region for centuries and have adapted remarkably to survive the rigours of their coastal home in good condition.

Born black or brown, they are long lived, turning white in maturity and sometimes not reaching their typical height of 13.2hh-14.2hh until the age of seven. Some of their conformation leaves a little to be desired - they have large plain heads, short necks and upright shoulders. But their stronger points including a good depth of girth, short back, strong limbs and feet, combined with surefootedness, good stamina and an affable nature, make them fine and versatile saddle horses.

With a high-stepping walk, rather stilted trot and flowing canter and gallop, they are traditionally ridden Western-style with local saddles fastened by leather thongs.

 
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