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!
The she shed is just about complete. I could not have imagined a better final product. The details are amazing, I love it! The exterior is all from wood hand milled from Hurricane Matthew. The counter is huge heart pine board almost 3′ wide solid, varnished. It’s the perfect solution for our office and retail needs. We can’t wait to be open to the public. In the meantime we are getting organized.
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!
Our pride and joy, Louie, has proved to be basically un-phased over any encounter on our first major ride out on the island. We actually rode past kids flying kites and we held it together. We also passed chickens and people in bikes, carts, trucks, with dogs, more! He was yawning and snoozing by the time we made it to our halfway point. We even rode in shoulder deep water and through a few ditches without any issues. Hard work pays off. We have raised this guy since he was 4 months old. What a great brain and so handsome, a true prince!
We are so used to the hustle and bustle of tourists’ traffic on Daufuskie that this quiet from the pandemic lockdowns has everyone wondering what’s going on and looking for attention. It’s been awfully quiet around here!
We figured during this pandemic lockdown that one of the few things we could do is make more Marsh Tackies. So we introduced Flaca (Caroilna Moon X DP) to Louie (MT-48 x Hershey) and they are getting it on. This is Louie’s third and Flaca’s first. It’s fascinating to watch them interact with each other. We are so excited to see what we get from these two!
It’s that time again! Our hay and feed order is delivered on the barge about once per month and here we are picking up and hauling to the barn. There is a significant added expense for operating an equestrian facility on Daufuskie but we think it is important to have the Marsh Tacky back in its historically native habitat and we have been meeting our overhead costs with trail rides. Now that we are in the pandemic and small businesses are closed we are worried about the future. The horses need to eat regardless of what kind of revenue we can generate.
With the current, unprecedented and unheard of new Covid-19 lockdowns ordered, we have sheltered in place with a focus on beginning our renovation efforts at the historically significant Simmons House at Selmont Hall. We hope everyone stays safe at this uncertain time. We will continue to post with updates when possible!
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!
Winter is arguably our favorite time of year on the island. There’s less heat, bugs, snakes and tourists. The season is short so you have to make the days count with jeans, boots, beach rides, trail blazing, bon fires, trout fishing and oyster roasts! It’s stone crab season too. These beautiful claws and clams were cooked in a white wine, butter and scallion sauce. Served with fresh lemon wedges, new potatoes and french bread with a homemade pesto and paired with (more) wine and bourbon, delicious!