Collection: Camargue Museum, PNR de Camargue. Digitisation: David Huguenin (no. 8301731).

Gardian saddle and stirrups, by Carle Naudot, 1943

Gardian stirrups owe their shape to the shoes worn by the first gardians. Indeed, until the late 19th century, Camargue equitation was a popular practice. Riders were mostly peasants who rode in clogs. It was therefore necessary that the stirrups be large enough to accommodate the front of the clog and hold the rider's leg without risking catching their feet. As such, they are closed on the front. Today, these stirrups are part of the gardian's traditional trappings, even if their footwear has changed (boots or laced high shoes).