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Carolina Marsh Tacky



The Carolina Marsh Tacky is the state's "Heritage Horse," a breed only found in South Carolina. The Marsh Tacky is a descendant of horses used by Spanish explorers and colonists of the 1500s. Known for its adaptation to the swampy terrain of the Lowcountry, the horse played a role in the American Revolution as the preferred mount of General Francis Marion and his troops. Its sure-footed, good natured, and durable character made it a breed of choice for farmers and hunters of the 18th – early 20th centuries.

Today fewer than 300 Marsh Tackies remain. Efforts to restore its population are being led by a new wave of Tacky enthusiasts and breeders. Breeder and professional rider Wylie Bell introduces us to this rare horse in this video clip…

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