The Camargue horse
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
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.