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17-JUL-2016 Dick Keely

Camargue Horse Maneuvers

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Camargue, France

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (lit.: Saint Marys of the Sea) is the capital of the Camargue in the south of France.
It is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department by the Mediterranean Sea.
The population in 2012 was 2,495 --it grows to 50,000+ during the summer holidays.
The town is situated in the Rhône River delta, about 1 km east of the mouth of the Petit Rhône.
The main industry is tourism. Agriculture is also significant, and ranchers raise horses and cattle unique to the Camargue.
The Camargue horse is an ancient indigenous breed of horse.
Its origins remain relatively unknown, although it is generally considered one of the oldest horse breeds in the world.
For centuries, possibly thousands of years, these small horses have lived wild in the harsh environment of the Camargue marshes and wetlands of the Rhône delta.
There they developed the stamina, hardiness and agility for which they are known today.
Traditionally, they live in semi-feral conditions in the marshy land of the region.
The Camargue horse is the traditional mount of the gardians, the Camargue "cowboys" who herd the black Camargue bulls used in bullfighting in southern France.
Camargue horses galloping through water is a popular and romantic image of the region.
Reference: Wikipedia

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duo04-Aug-2016 12:21
Love this, so envious would have loved to have seen horses like this. V
GaleriaFotoStefan02-Aug-2016 03:35
Fantastic capture, V
Gary27-Jul-2016 17:55
Awesome maneuver...
Martin Lamoon27-Jul-2016 16:38
Fantastic capture.
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