Animad’Oc (4): Camargue horse, born from sponge

The Camargue is believed to be one of the oldest horse breeds in the world, although its origin remains a mystery. According to legend, he was born from the sea foam to save a man who was being chased by a ferocious black bull. More advantageously, its origins date back to Antiquity (perhaps even 15,000 years before our time), going through the Phoenicians, who colonized the delta, and through the farms of Julius Caesar of Arelate (now Arles). More recently, the movie Horsehair-White made him a movie star…

As pointed out byCamargue Horse Breeders Association : “Distantly speaking, the origin of the Camargue horse is unknown, the environment constituting its chosen land reveals distinctive features: soil, climate, pasture, have trained over the centuries a race in which the traits of other races have spontaneously recovered, incidentally overcoming the upheavals of history.

An association of breeders, born in 1964…

Camargue horses live freely in herds. Photo wallner-Pixabay

From the first ancient galloping to the 19th centuryThe history of the Camargue is quite tumultuous, and it took place only in 1837, under Louis-Philippethat model piano created by the management of the breeding farm, where the best specimens have been selected. It has been assigned to the authorities who want to improve this Camargue breed.

And it was 1964 that was born I’Camargue Horse Breeders Association (AECRC), the will of some breeders concerned about the protection of their breed and the conservation of the particular environment in which it is raised.

And as early as 1967, designate AECRC : “The association has conducted a detailed inventory of agricultural products. then it will become clear definition of a manade. This is understood to be extensive propagation in the free and open air, including at least four spawning marescalled year round in the cradle of the race, and there is at least a 20-hectare grassland in a plot. after that, only enjoy the name Camargue Horses are born and raised in herds”.

One “Official Recognition” of the breed in 1978

Since 1974, the association has provided logistical support are from Camargue Regional Natural Park. Their cooperation and the joint action of the authorities National stud farm “Leading to the enactment Ministerial Decree of March 17, 1978 bears the official recognition of the Camargue breed, which is now classified as a blood horse…”

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A special companion, but love freedom

The Guardian’s Essential Companion… Photo jackmac34-Pixabay

If “baby horse” from Camargue formerly used only for agricultural and pastoral activities (especially trampling the harvest) its many qualities – mobility, strength, endurance, docility, vivacity, agility and courage – made it an essential companion for guardians

to manage and control the herd of bulls. But if he is a special companion, Camargue also loves freedom; In addition, it traditionally lives freely in the swamp. Camargue, known for its robustness perfectly adapted to the excesses of the Mediterranean climate : fierce winds, humidity, bitter cold in winter, great heat and insects in summer, hence its nickname

“Horses made of mist, salt and courage.”

Philip Mouret the

guardianis the guardian of the flock. Always on horseback, he traversed wonderful natural spaces, between ponds and marshes. Every year, on May 1, gardeners celebrate Saint-Georges, the patron saint of racers.Horsehair-White

gallopingon the screen and in the pages In the south of France, where the Rhône empties into the sea , there is an almost desert country called Camargue, where herds of wild horses still live. Crin-Blanc is the leader of one of these herds. But one day the men decided to arrest him and, that day, the story of the Crin-Blanc among the men began. Only a boy, as wild as Folco, could tame him. So begins a very beautiful story about the friendship between the horse and the boy…” SoLeisure schoolbook presentation

Albert Lamorisse . He is also the director of the film. Horsehair-White released in 1953 (with Alain Emery as Folco), obtained that year Jean Vigo Awardand Golden Palm for short film … The film was reviewed in 2007 by Terrence Rafferty of the New York Timeslike

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