We have been visiting the Camargue for 30 odd years and have seen many stables come and go during this time. We have visited Les Arnelles since they began and they have improved steadily. Serge, the owner, upgraded his stable every year with more conveniences for the horses and the visitors.
As passionate horse lover our main goal is that the horses are treated well. Often one sees horses which cannot drink during the whole day. At Les Arnelles they have water and at noon they all receive mash. We always visit at the end of the season and the horses are by no means tired. As there are 45 horses each in turn gets to relax. They also get enough food and don’t have to fight for it (unfortunately not the case everywhere!). Of course we can’t compare the corals there with the one’s we are used to see, they do have more horses in the corals in the Camargue, that’s the way they have them everywhere down there. They might not have as much time for service in high season as they have in low season but they always try to match the horse to the riders abilities. It is not easy for a riding stable to find horses that move forward willingly without overextending the beginners ability. The horses of Les Arnelles certainly know the way they have to take but what would happen with a big group of beginners if not I would not want to imagine…If there is an able rider, they are more than willing to leave the beaten track. All the saddlepads are soft and the horses aren’t saddle sore which sadly often is the case with other stables. During our last visit one of the horses was slightly lame and upon discovery of this was immediately taken out of the group and was not used again that week. Of course the quality of the ride alao depends a lot upon the personality of the guide, they often change from year to year but Serge and Carine always try to find nice and reliable guides.
All in all I would say Les Arnelles is one of the best stables of Les Saines Maries, with well cared for horses, I can fully recommend them.
Thank you Carine and Serge for always giving us a wonderful week!
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