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Feel Good Sunday: Band of Rebels ~ White Horses of Camargue

Video Provided By:  Drew Doggett as published on the Total Horse Channel

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Presenting sweeping panoramas of the horses galloping through the Camargue marshlands of Southern France, this video explores the relationship of the guardian caretakers and the horses. Dating back to the 1500s, the guardian’s role is a time-honored tradition based on mutual, earned trust and respect enabled by their history living among these wild animals.  The original score is composed by Christopher Ward, a multi-platinum and Oscar and Grammy-winning producer, arranger, and composer.

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    “. Even the Camargue horse is up for addition into this genetic mixing bowl.”

    By Fran Jurga | 9/22/2014

    That leaves me the opportunity to give you that little plug of inspiration I think we all need on the first full day of fall. It’s the inspiration to make a plan, to embrace the future with hope, and to move ahead.

    Has there ever been a good year to be a wild horse?

    Will we be having this conversation one day in the USA? Rewilding Europe proposes to design a new boutique-type population of wild horses for the European continent, and to teach humans to live with untouchable wild horses on the edges of civilization. It’s about eco-science, it’s about sociology, it’s about urban planning and it’s about the pragmatism of individuals who believe they need (not just want) to have non-domesticated animals as part of the landscape.

    Rewilding Europe doesn’t propose to build preserves of precious, pure DNA from New Forest ponies in England or Konik ponies in Poland. Under this plan, mixing the breeds and types of native horses is on the table, since so many once-wild breeds often lack genetic diversity. Many of the breeds that Rewilding Europe is interested in are ones that we are unaware of in the USA: Hucul, Yakoet, Pottoko, Asturcon, Losino, Monichino, Retuerta, Karakachan, Myzegea, Pindos. Even the Camargue horse is up for addition into this genetic mixing bowl.

    It sounds like the program is about what people can do for horses, and it is, but it’s also about what those horses can do for the land. To the Europeans, horse activity that is reviled by US ranchers is desired behavior: grazing, wallowing, treading, debarking, transporting seeds. Last week, a paper was published in Australia faulting wild horses for creating puddles in their hoofprints that could encourage propagation of invasive aquatic species ever further from the water hole where their lives begin.

    Europe is asking people to envision a “future” wild horse. Many of us look at the wild horses we have now through the lens of the past.
    Rewilding Europe has a blueprint for re-building its own backyard that may not transfer directly to ours but the thinking process behind it will.


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