Camargue horses of Provence, the South of France roam the grasslands of the Rhone River Delta. They are protected in the nature preserve to sustain the breed. The Gardians of the Camargue train them as saddle horses to manage the black bulls.
Camargue White Horses, Provence The South of France
Camargue White Horses are part of the unique lifestyle of the Gardiens on the Rhone River Delta
When traveling in the Camargue you will see white horses and black bulls feeding in the grasslands of Southern France's Rhone River Delta.
The horses of the Camargue are an indigenous breed, some say, once wild and now protected by the government to keep the breed pure. They do roam free as a breeding stock and mate without intervention. The horsemen and women of the Camargue harvest them and cull the young ones for saddle horses. They are a gentle and intelligent horse possessed of stamina,
Vacation cottages in St. Maries de la Mere, the homes of the Gardiens, the "Cowboys" of the Camargue
Arles is the gateway to the Camargue
The Camargue Gardiens who once lived in these traditional Camargue houses, raise the bulls for the bullrings of Southern France and Spain
Others believe the breed is pure and indigenous to the Rhone Delta and stems from a primitive breed found locally as fossilized bones.
Others link their traits to the Spanish war horse. Their small size at 13 hands would have made them excellent shipboard travelers and their stamina and strength would have made them an ideal war horse.
The Camargue Gardiens raise the black bulls used in the bullrings of
The Camargue Horse, Provence
The horses of the Camargue are an indigenous breed, some say, once wild and now protected by the government to keep the breed pure.
Non lethal bullfighting is a popular event in Provence
See the White Camargue horses roaming free in the grasslands of the Camargue.
One source claims that the Camargue
Horse was used for millennium by Celtic people, Greeks,
Romans, Arabs, and other Medierranean People who would come by ship to the mouth of the Rhone to cull out the young animals for war horses.
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In France and Italy you can rent a car and do not need to show an International Permit, only your drivers license from your home country and perhaps your passport. The IDP is not needed to drive in France (for US and Canadian drivers) but Italian law requires that you carry an IDP as does Spain, Portugal, Greece, and several of the former Soviet Union countries. The International driver's permit is issued by the American Automobile Association AAA in the States and the CAA in Canada. The cost is $15 and not bad insurance against running into trouble while driving in Europe.
Driving in Provence
Speed limits will be clearly marked and the Rotary will be a welcome site with its directions to various towns. Gassing up is similar to US with credit card and automatic shut-off at modern pumps. Car rental are available in all large cities and at many TGV Train Stations.
Information for those renting a vehicle in Provence
Camargue Bulls are used in non lethal bullfighting of Provence the south of France
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Camargue Horses, Provence
Camargue White Horses
The immature Camargue horse is black or brown in color, but upon reaching adulthood at about four years, will turn to the familiar white color.
The Camargue Gardien uses the Camargue horse to manage the black Camargue bulls that they raise in the vast grassland of the Camargue. Often they will pasture a Camargue horse with a herd of young bulls.