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Camargue horses are one of the oldest breeds of horsesrnknown. They are indigenous to the harsh wetlands of the Camargue region ofrnSouthern France. They have resided there as far back as prehistoric times. Researchersrnbelieve that the Camargue horse is a descendent from the ancient Solutre horse.rnArcheological evidence of this has been found to a considerable extent in thernBurgundy region of France. Camargue horse is also closely related to Spanishrnbreeds from the northern part of the peninsula.

Births in the wild occur from April until July. The horsesrnare gathered up at the age of three and trained. One of the techniques which isrntaught is neck reining, allowing the rider to keep only one hand on the reins. Onrnmost of the farms, or manades, where Camarques are bred, only males are brokenrnin and the mares are bred for reproduction.

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 The French government officially set standards for thernCamargue horse in 1976 and registered the main Camargue breeders in order tornpreserve purity in the breed. The Camargue horse was then officially recognizedrnby the National Stud Farms in 1978 and a stud book was set up.

Camarque horses are very rustic little horses that are bornrnblack or dark brown. However, as they grow to adulthood, their coat lightensrnuntil it is pale grey or white. They have a coarse, heavy, oriental-type squarernheads of primitive horses. However, the influence of Arabian, Barb andrnThoroughbred blood can also be seen. They average from 13.1 to 14.2 hands high,rnand have a short body with straight upright shoulders, deep chest, extremelyrnhardy legs with clean joints, long forearms, very good hooves and a full manernand tail. The Camargue horse weighs from 660 to 880 pounds. Its eyes are largernand expressive, and its ears are are broad and short. Life expectancy is fromrn20 to 25 years.

They have a very calm temperament, agility, and stamina. Theyrnare  generally self-sufficient animalsrnand do not require much from their keepers.

Camargue horses are excellent mounts. They are therntraditional mount of the gardians (Camargue cowboys). They can easily walk forrnlong distances, withstanding extreme conditions and going without food for arnlong period of time. The horse's remarkable temperament, agility, and endurancernhas resulted in its being used for equestrian games, dressage and long distancernriding.

Camargue Horses are also known as the "horse of thernsea." Because many live along the shoreline of Camargue were a regionalrnpark and natural reserve exist today. The park covers over 500 square miles.

Because of wildlife sanctuaries, the Camargue has reclaimedrnits homeland. In addition, the Camargue gardians and breeders are aiding inrnpreserving the breed. By exhibiting breed's skills at local festivals, peoplernare becoming aware of the breed.

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