Orne is a horse lover's dream. But you don't have to be a professional or even a rider to appreciate its numerous studs, shows and bridleways – great for a brisk trot or donkey and pony trekking.
There are race courses at Argentan, Moulins-la-Marche, Alençon and la Bergerie au Pin-au-Haras.
But the showpiece is the national stud, Le Haras du Pin. Furioso, Workaholic, Cruiser, Policy Maker, Florestan, El Ouassal and other hallowed names have all been put to stud or stabled here.
If it's heritage you're seeking, meet the Percheron. Orne is the birthplace of this docile giant, which for centuries powered French agriculture and carried France's knights into battle.
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