It’s barge day again. Everything larger than what you can carry onto the passenger ferry must come on the barge to get to Daufuskie. Pallets, trailers, golf carts, lumber packages, all of these things get to the island by barge. You are charged based by square footage of the footprint that what you’re bringing over takes up on the barge deck. One pallet of feed or one round bale of hay costs about $65 each to come over. For one round bale of hay that’s almost 75% of the cost of the hay to come over!
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.
There’s almost no place I’d rather be than fox hunting with the Lowcountry Hunt. Today’s fixture is Airy Hall.
We attended the Lowcountry Fair with Historical Flair featuring Marsh Tacky demonstrations and races at Cotton Hall Plantation organized by the Santa Elena Foundation. The weather turned out to be gorgeous and it was a family fun day with food vendors, live music, historical reenactments, artisans, a petting zoo and more. Marsh Tacky riders turned out to participate in an obstacle course (obstacles provided by Palmetto Bluff) and the fair’s main event, races on the grass. Congrats to Miranda Rawson and her horse Firefly who won by a few lengths!
Whenever we have a little spare time after shopping at the Jasper Feed and Seed, we will swing by DP’s farm and say hi. Today we were greeted by a handful of yearlings who appeared to be saying, “pick me, pick me!” We wish we could have them all but we are maxed out right now until we get more space.
It’s feeling like fall at Freeport Marina. For the fall festivities here on Saturday, we are offering $5 pony rides from 11 til 1 and from 2 til 4. Come on by and bring the kiddos. Perfect for ages 4-9. Roxie and/or Rosie the Marsh Tackies will be your gracious hosts, your child’s first pony ride could be on our SC State Heritage Horse! Make sure to take lots of photos too. No reservations needed, just come to the barn at Freeport.
Finally it’s time to put sand in our hooves again. Horses on the beach are limited seasonally to between October 15 through March 15 due to sea turtle nesting and the general increase in beach going tourism on the island. There is arguably no better feeling in the world than being on horseback on the beach!
We reached a milestone today with improvements to the property at Selmont’s to the point that we moved Louie and Able to the property. With our first pasture cleared, fenced and a basic run-in shelter constructed, the guys seem to be enjoying their new surroundings. We now currently have horses spread around 3 different locations on Daufuskie, here, at Freeport and at the end of Hinson White Road. We look forward to the day that all the horses are consolidated into one place!
We have a new addition to the family. Meet Bouncer, our new barn cat, who was rescued behind a dumpster in Hilton Head and brought to us by the rescuing family whose wife was tired of the cat bringing dead birds into the house every day. We think she will be a great fit checking mice at the barn door!
We are packed up, on the barge and super excited to attend Palmetto Bluff’s 1st Annual Meet a Marsh Tacky event at Longfield Stables over 4th of July weekend. We are showcasing our stallion, Lowther’s Lucero and bringing his pasture buddy Southern Legend. There will be a day full of activities featuring a trail-style obstacle course set up in Longfield’s olympic sized covered arena, lectures and deck the stalls. We are taking the week off and headed first to Mullet Hall where we are going to practice!