May 8, 2010

Felted Camargue-horse

"The Camargue is an ancient breed of horses found in the Camargue area in southern France. For centuries, possibly thousands of years, these small horses have lived wild in the harsh environment of the Camargue marshes, wetlands of the Rhone delta. They developed the stamina, hardiness and agility for which they are known today. They are 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 are a popular and romantic image of the region....

Camargue horses are always gray. This means that they have black skin underlying a white hair coat as adult horses. They are born with a hair coat that is black or dark brown in colour, but as they grow to adulthood, their hair coat becomes ever more intermingled with white hairs until it is completely white.
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Some researchers believe the Camargue are descended from the ancient Solutré horse hunted during the Upper Paleolithic period. Extensive archeological evidence has been found in the present-day Burgundy region of France.[1][2] The Camargue breed was appreciated by the Celtic and Roman invaders who entered the Iberian Peninsula.

Their calm temperament, agility, intelligence and stamina has resulted in these horses being used for equestrian games, dressage, and long distance riding, which is growing in popularity in France."
(From Wikipedia )

5 comments:

Plastusia said...

Very interesting and nive work. I wonder what fiber have been used for this "foretop"?

Lynn Sponagle said...

Oh my! I live in a rural area and now I have an urge to go sneaking around stables with my scissors.

Jackie said...

Lovely and very evocative of the horses.

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Thank you for the interesting post. So lovely to see how you have used the horses hair in your work Corrina

Carolyn
:o)

Tammie Lee said...

thank you for sharing about this wonderful creature, it is lovely. How wonderful that you let it inspire you~

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