The grandest stables in France were built by Jean Aubert in 1719 to accommodate 240 horses and 500 hounds used for stag- and boar-hunting in the forests nearby. Now with 30 breeds of horses and ponies living here in straw-lined comfort, the palatial stables function as the Musée Vivant du Cheval (Living Horse Museum). This fascinating facility, which reopened in 2013 after a two-year renovation, isn’t just for horse lovers. Equine history is explored through an array of artifacts, prints, paintings, textiles, sculptures, equipment, and weaponry. Visitors can also enjoy the elaborate horse shows and dressage demonstrations scheduled year-round. Check the website for dates and times.