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“Even for horse ignorants”
Review of Musee du Cheval

Musee du Cheval
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Château de Chantilly Tour from Paris Including the Great Stables of the Prince...
Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Chantilly
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Owner description: Le Musee du Cheval, inaugure en juin 2013 est abrite dans les Grandes Ecuries, chef d'oeuvre architectural du XVIIIe s., Il presente plus de 200 objets et oeuvres d'art lies au cheval et a son histoire. A la fois musee d'art et musee ethnologique, le Musee du Cheval est destine a un large public, tant de jeunes que d'adultes. Sa museographie resolument contemporaine, avec un grand nombre d'outils interactifs et d'audiovisuels, offre aux visiteurs une approche a la fois pedagogique et ludique.
Reviewed 13 September 2013

The museum, recently refurbished with a generous donation by HH the Aga Khan, is housed in the old stables of the Chateau de Chantilly and is dedicated to all things horse. It curated with a lot of love to detail and shows some impressive exhibits and pieces of art. The stables themselves house horses, and the very dedicated staff puts on a "Spectacle" and separate private presentations. Overall, they go out of their way to make the hunting and racehorse training tradition of Chantilly come alive and infect you with their enthusiasm for their horses.

Having been on a sponsored trip, I am not completely sure, but I overheard, that admission is free, but donations are welcome and purchases from the giftshop are welcome.

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Reviewed 27 August 2013

Good albeit small museum, supported by riding demonstrations of the highest calibre. This building is worth seeing as a monument to the love of horses and riding. Many smaller parliaments around the globe pale in insignificance to this edifice.

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Reviewed 13 August 2013

We were lucky to see a wonderful horse show while we were visiting, it was totally amazing! I hope to be able to go back some day!

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Reviewed 13 August 2013 via mobile

This is what they call in french 'the living horse museum'
As an animal lover, I believe any animal should be treated better than the ones I saw in the museum.
I saw a horse who had many stitches on both eyes, another one seemed to have a scar on its nose, ...
And most of all: none of the horses seemed happy. They have to live in very small stables and when they may get out, it's because they have to work in a silly show to entertain a bunch of tourists.
A show in which they tell you the cords in their mounth (I don't know the English word for it) does not hurt them, the whip does not scare them, the sugar is candy for them cause they like it, ...

EVERYTHING seemed like abuse to me. Animals belong in the wild (or 'domesticated' horses belong in a big meadow at least.)

The museum is about the so called 'noble' people. Well, those were the extremely rich ones who not only abused working clasd people, but also horses and dogs to go 'hunting'. Can you imagine they chased an animal to a certain point where it could not move anymore, just to cut out its heart ALIVE?
And worst of all: to this day they call it THE ART of 'heart hunting'?!
REPULSIVE!

If you love animals, stay out of that place.
I even saw a donkey, poneys, chicken with hatchlings and a cock, all in way too small boxes.

If it weren't for the 'combination ticket' I had bought (mainly to see the Chantilly castle) I would never have entered this place.

I very much regret having 'contributed to this animal abu$ement'.

The only positive thing is that the toilets were nice and clean (and free.)

2  Thank Ann S
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domainedechantilly60, Responsable relations clients at Musee du Cheval, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2015
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Madame, Monsieur,

Nous vous remercions pour vos remarques.

Les Grandes Écuries sont réputées pour la qualité des infrastructures dans lesquelles évoluent les chevaux. Il est important de préciser que le cheval est un animal sociable, qui aime le contact avec l’homme.

Concernant les cicatrices sur certains de nos chevaux, il s’agit d’anciennes cicatrices, ce sont des chevaux d’origine Ibérique et dans leur pays d’origine, le dressage se fait avec des caveçons très durs.

Sachez également que 7 cavalières et 4 palefreniers s’occupent nuit et jour de leur santé. Nos cavalières sont très attachées à leur chevaux, elles ont développé une vraie complicité avec eux, et elles suivent régulièrement des stages afin d’améliorer leur bien-être.
Une équipe entière est dévouée à leur bien-être : vétérinaires, dentistes, ostéopathes, kinésithérapeutes et chuchoteurs.

Les chevaux font régulièrement des balades en forêt, en été ils ont des box extérieurs où ils évoluent en liberté. Et lorsqu’ils sont âgés, nous leur trouvons des retraites dans des familles afin qu’ils finissent leurs jours heureux.

J’espère que ces quelques précisions vous auront permis de comprendre que nous aimons les chevaux, que nous en prenons soin et que notre but est de transmettre notre amour et notre passion au plus grand nombre.

Bien cordialement,

Le Domaine de Chantilly

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Reviewed 31 July 2013

Loved the horses and the trainers and the hour long show. Well executed. And horses performed beautify.

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