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Daufuskie Marsh Tacky Society expands

short and sweet post…

Check out this story by Caitlin Turner at the Island Packet about the Daufuskie Marsh Tacky Society!!

Critically endangered Marsh Tacky horses on Daufuskie could get new Beaufort County home

Erika Veit brought the State Heritage Horse, the Marsh Tacky, back to Daufuskie Island. Since then she has weathered hurricanes on the island, had barges bring more Marsh Tacky Horses for the Beach Races and provided a unique look into Daufuskies’ Island history. The Daufuskie Marsh Tacky Society is growing, expanding to a farm on the mainland of South Carolina in Beaufort County.

The DTMS is hiring interns, students and employees – if its your dream job to work with the Marsh Tacky Horses check out their application page.

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Update on “Pretty Boy”, presumed Marsh Tacky Gelding Rescued in November

You remember the nail-biting moments of rescuing this presumed Marsh Tacky gelding in November, right? And you saw the pics of his rainy day rescue from Louisiana to South Carolina. I want to thank Ashley Tims for her transport skills and dedication to helping save this horse by driving to Louisiana and back. Jodie Shirley, a Marsh Tacky breeder, has opened her farm to him where he is slowly adjusting to his new life.received_229448321336580

Pretty Boy is quite fond of the baby goats born in his pasture and is protective of their mother. He  is nickering with the rest of the herd at dinner time and is beginning to tolerate being touched. One of his most favorite pastimes is to sleep in the hay with the goats. It is going to take some time for him to trust people again.

So far everyone that has come in contact with him agrees that he does have the characteristics and temperament of a Marsh Tacky. I want to thank everyone who has pulled together to get him out of a bad situation – through donations, networking and providing support while logistics were arranged.  We are waiting until he is more settled to take hair samples for DNA testing.

I believe that Pretty Boy will become a trusting horse again given time. His story brings the goodness of people to the forefront despite what has befallen him. I have been overwhelmed at the support from Marsh Tacky enthusiasts and owners who did not hesitate to help although there were no papers involved in proving his authenticity. It has shown me that there are many people who believe in the preservation of the South Carolina State Heritage Horse, the Marsh Tacky and want to see the breed survive and safe.

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A Tale of Thankfulness and Giving

I hope that everyone has experienced the warmth and love of family or friends today. If you are truly lucky, you will have been able to experience both! I want to thank each and every donor that has helped us reach half our goal in bailing the presumed Marsh Tacky from the Bastrop, LA kill pen. I understand that many of my readers have strong opinions about purchasing a horse from a kill pen, regardless of its breed or paperwork.

This is where my REALLY BIG thank you comes in. Many of you donated because one of a possible rare breed horse is one too many to see shipped to slaughter. I am thankful for your help. Still others donated because I asked, because you believed in what Marsh Tacky Tales does, or even some of you because you believe in me. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Please don’t forget this horse or that we need to raise $400 more dollars to complete his bail as you go shopping on Black Friday. Every little bit helps. $5, $10, $15 … Every bit gets him closer to a permanent home. Marsh Tacky Tales will cover the expense of parentage DNA testing him and do work towards verifying his breed status.

Click HERE for the GoFundMe to donate. If you prefer to donate another way, please e-mail me at

Once his bail is made we will keep you updated on his status and progress. Remember, there are only approximately 500 Marsh Tacky Horses alive.

16312#3533 is currently pulled from the ship list. His board is $15 a day until pick up. $400 is left to raise for the balance of his “bail”. Presumed Marsh Tacky gelding.

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UPDATE: HORSE IS SAFE FOR TONIGHT!! PLEASE help us raise the remaining funds to bring him back to SC !! Urgent!! Possible Rare Breed Marsh Tacky to ship to slaughter on Monday

Good Morning,

Update: $422 more and we can get him home!

Grateful for all the help so far!! Thank you for keeping him off the truck Monday evening! He has home & Transport, anything over the $422 goes to gas for transport.

I am reaching out again for support to get this possible Marsh Tacky Horse pulled from the kill pen. He is set to ship on Monday and we haven’t raised half of his bail yet to keep him off the truck. You can donate directly using PayPal to please put #3533 and your name in the to section.


You can go to this GoFundMe and funds will be sent as soon as we reach $500 so he does not ship.

Watch the video here.

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Unconfirmed Marsh Tacky gelding in danger of being shipped to Slaughterhouse.


Please help us help a possible un-documented South Carolina State Heritage Horse, the Marsh Tacky.

Estimated $500 for transport (cost of gas)  and purchase price is $1,100.

Let me tell you what is going on and I am going to hope that all of you Molly Fans and Marsh Tacky Enthusiasts and Educators are willing to lend a hand.  This horse in the video below was brought by an individual to Bastrop, LA for sale.

He was delivered without papers or registration status.Everyone knows papers can get lost and foals not get registered although they came from registered parents.

He is 5 years old (old enough to be from the Marsh Tacky auction held a few years back) and has 90 days of training according to the video.

I have someone who is willing to transport him back to his home state, South Carolina, where there is already a home offer available for him. Marsh Tacky Tales will cover parentage testing cost for this horse. Our fundraising goal will be to cover purchase price. Anything over will go to board/transport.

*Please help us help a possible un-documented South Carolina State Heritage Horse, the Marsh Tacky*

He is tag# 3533, Marsh Tacky Horse (no papers, registration unverified) 14.3 grulla gelding, 5 years old, 90 days under saddle.

Please Donate through this GoFundMe account

*if bail is not reached and horse has shipped to slaughter, all funds will be returned*



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#EqHist2018: Kit Heintzman on “Whose horses matter?”


Equine History Collective

All month long we will be featuring speaker’s abstracts for the upcoming Equine History Conference: Why Equine History Matters. Register now!

Whose horses matter?
Kit Heintzman, Harvard University

   Thousands of sick horses were brought to the École Royale Vétérinaire de Paris since it opened in 1766 to receive treatment, but few of them were ever referred by name in medical writing. This paper compares three genres of medical writing among eighteenth-century French veterinarians during the first 25 years of the hospital’s existence: the published account of treatment interventions, the hospital’s individualized treatment report, and the autopsy record. Such works reveal distinct ways of fashioning the meaning and importance of animal death in the early decades of state-supported of veterinary medicine. In the published reports, animal death was reduced to mere numbers, and became a mechanism to convey information about the state of veterinary practice, but not about the animals…

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#EqHist2018: Abbie Harlow on “The Use of Burros and Mules in Defining Race”


Equine History Collective

All month long we will be featuring speaker’s abstracts for the upcoming Equine History Conference: Why Equine History Matters. Register now!

Rather Risk His Life in a Carriage Than Suffer on A Mule’s Back: The Use of Burros and Mules in Defining Race
Abbie Harlow, Arizona State University

       “As draught beasts, beasts of burden, and for field labor, [mules] surpass any other animal in the world; and the use of them allows the noble horse to be applied to his own proper use … and not to field labor or the rude and sordid drudgery to which he is too often degraded.”[1]This 1857 article, “Mules and Mule-Breeding,” argued for the use of mules as draft animals in place of horses, partially because mules were better suited to field work, but also to remove “the noble horse” from labor demeaning to their status. Newspaper articles, breeding handbooks…

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