Stone Age horses are alive and kicking (and biting)

Paris holds its Salon du Cheval this month with 2,000 horses and 450 exhibitors, including two of the world’s oldest and most iconic breeds: the endangered Przewalski’s horses, which are now bred in France, and the famous Camargue white horses. 

Przewalski’s horses are a distinct species, have never been domesticated and are the only truly wild horses left in the world although these ones are bred in the Cévennes national park.

Standing between 12-14 hands high, they are stocky, with short legs and short stiff manes which stand up rather than flow down their necks.

There are 610 drawings of these horses in caves all over France (such as Chauvet and Pech Merle), Italy and Spain, dating back 30,000 years, making them probably the oldest breed of wild horses in Europe.

In colour they range from dun-brown to pale gold, with a darker stripe on their spines, and as a mark of their relationship to zebras, some have faint stripes on their flanks.

They remain wild and, as cuddly as they look, are bad-tempered, agg­res­sive, and distrustful of humans. Riding ...

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