Today we met with a large group to trail ride through Francis Marion National Forest. Francis Marion was known by the British as the Swamp Fox, he actually rode Marsh Tackies here and defeated their Calvary during the American Revolution. It was a part of an expedition led by Tom Mullikin and the South Carolina 7 to travel the entire Palmetto Trail with the purpose of bringing attention to the seven natural wonders of the Palmetto State and creating a dialogue about conservancy and actionable steps towards conservation. It was great riding with everyone. Thanks to Shannon and Ashley of Hawkins Heritage Farm for providing the accommodations so I could participate!
Fond memories made when we welcomed David Grant and his top notch crew with Carolina Marsh Tacky Outdoors to Daufuskie back in 2014. We had the unique experience of bringing the horses over on a private landing craft which we hope to be able to utilize again soon. They came fully stocked with a professional film and photography crew plus a fine string of Marsh Tackies. We did two full Horse Tales TV show episodes which aired on the SCETV public broadcasting channels. David Grant is the host of the show and besides being a Marsh Tacky owner and breeder, he is the host of the TV show which travels throughout the southeast region featuring the equine industry. Good times we hope to recreate soon!
When you ride with us, not only are you experiencing the most quintessentially Lowcountry trail riding pursuit available, but 100% of your proceeds from your ride are going to support our SC State Heritage Horses and Daufuskie Marsh Tacky Society’s mission plus general operating expenses. Not a dime is spent on corporate overhead like other trail ride programs in our area. We are family owned, operated and this is our passion. To date we are all volunteers! Choose an equestrian vacation destination with a grassroots purpose. Help support the preservation, conservation and protection of the SC State Heritage Horse in their native habitat. Shop local, ride a Marsh Tacky!
Horseback riding on the beach is limited to between October 15th and March 15th due to sea turtle nesting season and the general increase in tourists on our beaches during the warmer months. We are so excited for tomorrow that we decided to ride to the beach, stopping before we were on the beach.
Today was another long day at the barn. It can be exhausting with the season in full swing and not a day off in sight but it’s rewarding and it beats a day in an office. Especially with a moment to relax and have a drink after the end of the day with this storm rolling in and a stunning sunset on the river.
It’s time to go trail blazing. The weather has finally cooled off so it’s the perfect time to get into the woods. A majority of our trails are through mature, maritime forest on private property and are maintained by yours truly. We are cutting back low hanging branches and making new trails to connect existing trails that have been blocked since Hurricane Matthew. Most of our trails are only passable by four wheeler and horseback so when you ride with us you are seeing some of the most remote parts of Daufuskie that very few people ever get to see.