Bulls and Camargue horses graze during a horseback riding vacation in France
Legendary Horses of Camargue guest post by Ferne Arfin.
Camargue horses are legendary. White or grey and cream, short-legged and sturdy, with bushy tails and thick, glamorous manes, they are really a kind of pony. The origin of the horses, unique in the world to this corner of France, is something of a mystery. At one time, they were thought to be descendants of Arabian horses left behind by Saracen invaders. But they bear little resemblance to the tall, elegant Arabian breed. In all likelihood, they are the product of crosses between native, paleolithic horses and other breeds.
The horses were once completely wild, but today they are semi-feral. They graze freely in the areas known as sansouires – salty, dry plains covered with grasses and glasswort – coexisting with herds or manades of native bulls which also graze there. They form their own herds and breed in the wild.