The small horses of the Camargue area of Provence, France are an old breed of horses, and they are, arguably, one of the world's best all-round useful breeds. The Camargue is the largest river delta in west Europe, over 930 square kilometers, and about 300 square kilometers are lakes and marshes.
The Camargue horses have existed in these wild marshlands for hundreds of years, some even say thousands of years. The rough conditions probably is why these small horses have great stamina are very agile and intelligent, as well as having a calm nature.
When the Camargue horses of Provence, France are born they are either black or dark brown and as they mature their coats change to a light grey or white. The small horses are only about 14 hands high in adulthood and are sturdy in build with a thick chest and short neck.
On the Plaine de Camargue in Provence, these horses, although they live wild, are ridden and tended to by gardians, the cowboys of the Camargue, and rounded up yearly for branding and inspected.
Camargue Horses, Equus caballus, in Plaine de la Camargue, Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, Camargue, Bouches du Rhone, Provence, France, Europe.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/6.3, exposure time of 1/400 sec. on ISO 200, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 180mm.
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