The Camargue Horse is indigenous to southern France, an area known as the Camargue, which lies in the delta of the river Rhone. It is an ancient breed, said to be one of the oldest in the world and although its exact origins are unknown it is thought to be closely related to those found in this area in Paleolithic times. The animal is small, but is known for its stamina, strength and endurance. It still lives in a semi-feral condition, spending all its time in the outdoors, not eating hay or oats nor sleeping in a stable. It survives in the harsh climate of the marshes and feeds upon the wild grasses that grow there.
The climate is harsh enough that other species introduced into the area do not survive that long. The horse is prized for its intelligence, its power and ability to maneuver itself around the unpredictable Camargue bulls. Its energy is boundless and its courage is legendary. Over the centuries this little wonder has been sought after by various armies including that of Napoleon who requisitioned the best of them in large numbers.