As the name suggests, these horses come from the Camargue, a wetland area at the mouth of the River Rhône. They constitute a distinct breed, which, like the Camargue bulls, live in semi-liberty.
The Camargue horse is one of the oldest breeds in the world, closely related to the prehistoric horses whose remains have been found elsewhere in southern France. At birth they are coloured dark brown or black, but turn white around the fourth year.
Camargue horses are used to manage the bull herds. They also provide visitors with the opportunity to explore the Camargue region on horseback. Camargue horses thrive in Sea water - they are often called "the horse of the sea" .
These horses represent one of the oldest breeds in the world. They are bred in an area bounded by Montpellier to the west, Tarascon to the north and Fos to the east, passing through Salon-de-Provence, an area which encompasses the "Ile de Camargue ", the plains of the Gard and the Hérault, and part of the Crau.
Horses of the Camargue run wild - or at least semi-wild - in small herds. Like most horses, the Camargue horse is a herbivore. The teeth are adapted for eating grasses and herbs: incisors tear the plants and premolars behind the incisors chew them. In spring the Camargue horse grazes on new shoots of tall reeds, and on an indigenous plant called samphire. In winter they survive on dried grass and goosefoot, a plant too tough for most grazing animals. The horses' behaviour is regulated by the amount of food available. When it is scarce the Camargue horse may graze for up to 22 hours a day. When there is plenty, it will graze only at dawn and dusk.
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