Flying At The Marsh Tacky Races
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March, 2012; 4th Annual Marsh Tacky Races on Hilton Head Island, SC beach. A favourite Annual Spring event for both Hilton Head Island residents, and visitors, were the Marsh Tacky races on the HHI Beach. This image was captured nine years ago during one of our last Spring visits to the Island. According to online articles it was also the last race on Hilton Head, as the following year the annual race was moved to Daufuskie Island, just South of HHI, and subsequently the races moved up the coast to Kiawah Island. The Carolina Marsh Tacky is a rare breed of horse, native to South Carolina, and related to the Colonial Spanish group of horse breeds that date back to the 1,500’s, and is currently considered a critically endangered breed in the South Carolina Sea Islands. The Marsh Tacky is a small horse, developed from the Spanish horses brought brought to the South Carolina coast by Spanish explorers, settlers and traders as early as the 16th century. The Tack’s small but sturdy size made them ideal for navigating the marshes and lowlands of the “lowcountry”. And they are were very fast runners. One publically available online source indicates the Marsh Tacky was used during the American Revolution by “many of the irregular forces of Francis Marion, nicknamed the “Swamp Fox”…the swamp savvy of the Tacky may have given Marion’s forces an advantage, as British calvalry, mounted on larger European breeds were likely not to maneuver as easily in the dense lowland swamps. The Tackies are small at 13.2 to 15 hands and average 700 to 900 pounds. Another online quote indicated they could easily ride a 1,200 lb Quarter Horse “into the ground”
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