Photos and informations about the rare Camargue breed, Forgotten Horses a photographic project about endangered equines by The Pixel Nomad


Risk Level: not at risk
Listed by DAD-IS
Working horse breed from France

Informations about the rare Camargue

The Camargue horse is an ancient breed known for its wild beauty and remarkable adaptation to the marshy wetlands of the Camargue region in southern France. These horses are celebrated for their resilience, agility, and free spirit. Characterized by their small stature, rugged build, and predominantly white coat, Camargue horses have lived semi-feral in the Rhône delta for centuries, embodying the essence of freedom and natural grace.

Origin and history of the Camargue

Camargue horses are considered one of the oldest breeds in the world, with their presence in the Camargue region traced back to ancient times. Historical records and cave paintings suggest that these horses have been in the area for thousands of years, serving various roles from war horses in ancient times to working horses in the rice fields and salt marshes of the Camargue today. Their exact origin remains a mystery, adding to the breed’s allure.

Character and features of the Camargue

The Camargue horse is renowned for its intelligence, stamina, and ability to work in difficult terrain. Despite their small size, typically standing between 135 to 150 cm in height, they are incredibly hardy and agile. Their most distinctive feature is their white coat, which is actually born black or dark brown and lightens as they mature. They have a strong, compact body, large head, and alert expression, reflecting their adaptability and resilience.

Utilisation of the rare Camargue

Traditionally used for cattle herding and as riding horses, Camargue horses are now also popular in equestrian sports, especially in dressage and show jumping. They are celebrated for their ability to navigate the challenging terrains of their native habitat, making them excellent trail and endurance horses. Their gentle temperament also makes them suitable for therapeutic riding programs.

Current situation of the rare and endangered Camargue

The Camargue horse is not currently considered endangered, thanks to concerted conservation efforts in the Camargue region. These efforts include habitat preservation and strict breeding programs to maintain the breed’s genetic purity. The breed enjoys a stable population, with several hundred horses living in semi-feral conditions in the Camargue, and more in domestication. The Camargue horse continues to be a symbol of the wild and natural beauty of southern France, with ongoing initiatives to ensure its preservation for future generations.

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135-150 cm

Coat colour




Forgotten horse

Rare and local

Free Horse

Kept outdoors all year; free roaming in the marshes

Other names of the Camargue horse

Cheval de Camargue — Camarguais

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Where to find the rare Camargue

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Forgotten Horses Group on Facebook

This group is part of the Forgotten Horses project and aims to raise awareness of endangered horse breeds and therefore to contribute to the preservation of the diversity of horse breeds, further free living and wild horses.
The group provides information and facilitates international exchange on rare and endangered horse breeds.
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Camargue Photoshooting

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Professional photography of Camargue

Are you looking for professional photos of rare and endangered horse breeds? You will find a small selection of my pictures in the breed posts, however you may ask for more specific photos directly. In short, all my pictures can be licensed for private, editorial and commercial usage.


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