The lowcountry’s marshes and swamps proved challenging to early colonists who navigated primarily by horse. Settlers brought in nimble horses such as the Marsh Tacky Mare to trot through the meandering channels, across sandy beaches, and over grassy plains. Today the Marsh Tacky is quite rare, and unfortunately endangered – there are under 400 left in existence, most of which are located in South Carolina.
Equestrianism is still very popular in South Carolina, and the Marsh Tacky remains a central figure in the Lowcountry culture; in 2010, the Marsh Tacky was honored with the designation as South Carolina’s state heritage horse. How can you honor and celebrate the equestrian culture of South Carolina? Why, by joining in of course!