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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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Posted in Artists, Activists and Historians, History of the Marsh Tacky, Instructors, Trainers and Clinicians

Catching Up…is hard to do.

My apologies to readers and to those waiting for their interviews to be released – most of you know I have two blogs, Marsh Tacky Tales and Psoriatic Disease Survival Guide . Sometimes they influence each other, for instance – last month was pretty difficult healthwise and I didn’t get most of what I wanted to get done for either blog completed. Sometimes I find something amazing for the horses and want to try it out on me to see if it helps humans too, like the PEMF session I haven’t been able to attend yet.  So, I want to let you all  know that there are a lot of amazing posts coming this month, along with a few changes to Marsh Tacky Tales.

I have had time to reflect on what Marsh Tacky Tales set out to do.

Marsh Tacky Tales is about preserving the South Carolina State Heritage Horse, the Marsh Tacky, one tale at a time.

There are still less than 500 horses.

There still is no funding to educate about the Marsh Tacky Horse.

There are still many tales of these horses to be told.

I think there may be a Kickstarter in the future….

I hope you will all follow on this journey and make the dream come true.

(c) Marsh Tacky Tales 2018

Posted in Artists, Activists and Historians, Equine Business, History of the Marsh Tacky, See a Marsh Tacky Horse

The Divine Horse invited me to present Beach Race Champion, A Marsh Tacky Tale on Saturday October 6 to help celebrate Literacy!!!


Completely last minute invite to The Divine Horse  on Saturday! I absolutely love being able to attend local events to promote the SC State Heritage Horse. It’s been a few years since I have been out to the elementary schools in York County. I met so many wonderful people on Saturday and enjoyed conversing about one of the best kept secrets of South Carolina, the Marsh Tacky Horse.

A great big Thank You to divinehorse

The Divine Horse is currently carrying the Beach Race Champion, A Marsh Tacky Tale. Please stop by for your copy.

Please purchase books through this Amazon link and help us be able to get to more schools.

Saving the Marsh Tacky Horse through education, one book at a time.

Marsh Tacky Tales is working towards a few other books, working titles are Mariah, and The Colonels Little Tacky and a few more. Our original joint research has discovered incredibly rich stories about these unique horses from the Low-country to the Piedmont and Foothills of South Carolina and we are excited to share them!

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Posted in Artists, Activists and Historians, History of the Marsh Tacky

Breyerfest 2018, July 13-15

Breyerfest 2018 is being held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington KY this weekend.

In 2013 the Marsh Tacky Breyer Horse model was released. Two Step was a limited run of 1,200 horses available only at Breyerfest 2013.


According to Identify Your Breyer website if you have this model it will be stamped on the belly with “Breyerfest 2013”. Model number 711162 is a solid dun with primitive markings.




photo credit Jackie McFadden

Ten years ago Breyer became interested in the rare breed horses of the East Coast. The Columbia Mall in Columbia, SC hosted an equine gathering in 2008 of horse breeds to bring attention to their search. Like nearly every Marsh Tacky event we attended, it was a blustery day, threatening wild weather. David Grant brought his stallion, D.P, to the event. David Grant runs Carolina Marsh Tacky Outdoors. He trains, breeds and sells Marsh Tacky Horses.041

Pal-O-Mine was there to greet everyone and have pictures taken.


photo credit Patricia Stafford

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Posted in History of the Marsh Tacky

Happy 4th of July America!

Did you know that Molly the Marsh Tacky Horse, was honored by the the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)?Molly_Sig-M

Photo by Jackie McFadden

Molly is an honorary member of the DAR as she fits all the qualifications – Molly is a female over 18 and her ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War . (Click the link to learn more, listen to Walter Edgar narrate AND see if you can identify Molly in the video!)

Molly is one of the oldest known Marsh Tacky Horses. She is also the oldest horse to win the Marsh Tacky Beach Races.

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American Revolutionary War Re-enactors on Marsh Tacky Horses, Photo by Jodie Reeves

Did you know that Marsh Tacky horses were used in the American Revolutionary War? We have found first hand accounts of participation in South Carolina regiments.


Marsh Tacky Stallion, DP owner David Grant, Photo by



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Marsh Tacky Tales – Updates

Good Day to all of you who are Marsh Tacky Fans!

We are diligently working on the book, The Natural History of the Marsh Tacky; from Colonial Horse to State Treasure. This book has been researched since 2007 and we are excited to be coming to the close of research and on to the next step of writing, editing and finally publishing. Our upcoming book features interviews, folklore, science and original documented research.

Update to the childrens books – I am in talks with some artists and looking into publishers for a new  non-fiction historical series of books based on our research. As always, your purchase of “Beach Race Champion” helps support our endeavors to educate the children of South  Carolina about the Marsh Tacky Horse, the South Carolina State Heritage horse.



The Marsh Tacky is a rich source of history for the Carolinas and beyond. I encourage you to continue monitoring this blog as we will be featuring artists who have created works pertaining to the history of the Marsh Tacky.

The Blog may be undergoing a bit of Rebranding and updating, so please be patient!

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An update on the “Carolina Marsh Tacky: From Colonial Horse to State Treasure”, McFadden & Stafford

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Caden astride Molly, led by Jodie Reeves, for the South Carolina Horsemans Council  booth at the Fort Mill Festival

*Update: 6/14/2018

Remember last years goal? We didn’t make the deadline…we made more discoveries! We hope you are encouraged that there is much more known about the Marsh Tacky than before. We are working hard at getting the manuscript completed and soon to be in your hands!


Over a decade ago my co-conspirator and library supervisor, Jackie McFadden told me not to roll a particular bookcart back to the stacks for re-shelving. This time we were going to commit and complete a manuscript on a chosen topic. It was 2006. Jackie McFadden had found the bill for the Marsh Tacky horse  in the SC legislature. The bill passed in 2010, but we haven’t completed the book yet – it is still a work in progress . We hope to complete it this year.

Little did we know that bookcart would soon turn into small libraries in  each of our homes, multiple plastic containers filled with interviews, newspaper clippings, a small grant for interviews, but still no book. We would visit the coastal side of South Carolina to wake up in nearly hurricane-like conditions to meet horses and their owners in gusty winds and hard rain. We listened to the old-timers, we pulled hair for DNA samples in that weather on Johns Island. We met Molly and her person, Janson Cox  who generously allowed Jackie McFadden to pull Molly’s mane hair for DNA testing.Of course, he mentioned he didn’t want Molly mad at him for the hair pulling!

I met the owner of the horse I would own a decade later. Jackie McFadden eventually became a board member of the newly founded Carolina Marsh Tacky Association. And nothing slowed down long enough for us to write more than a few notes that lead to more research. There was always another interview, another mystery horse, another test result or another stash of historical papers uncovered. There were always things we could do for CMTA such as make informative brochures, design t-shirts or even give talks on the Marsh Tacky Horse.

Marsh Tacky horse owners traveled hours to come to events across the state to show people this amazing little horse that was such a lowcountry secret it was almost extinct. They didn’t ask for money to travel, they did it on their own dime.That is how much they believe in this little horse. They believed it needed to be the South Carolina State Heritage Horse.

We have been graciously invited to and/or received to places such as Ketchen Place Farm, Carolina Fresh Farms in Rock Hill, SC, Sparkleberry Fair, Old McCaskills FarmThe Bagel BoatCharleston County Library, and schools from Kershaw County, York County, and Chester Counties. Apologies to those I may have left out. (Send me a note and we’ll do another blog post on where we’ve been!)

Meanwhile the state bill loomed over our office, rejected time and again, countless re-writes and modifications. Four years later in 2010, (and who knows how many miles on rental cars or personal vehicles!) Jackie McFadden met with Governor Sanford of South Carolina along with other Marsh Tacky Breeders and enthusiasts when he signed the “South Carolina State Heritage Horse”, the Marsh Tacky, bill into law. Without a single cent to taxpayers! The “South Carolina State Heritage Horse” was finally one of our state symbols! DP Lowther, one of the breeders with the longest unbroken history in Marsh Tacky horses, asked Jackie McFadden to come pick out a horse.  She did, and named her Little Miss River.


The Marsh Tacky horse is DP, a stud owned by David Grant and named in honor of DP Lowther.

As researchers, every nugget of information we found turned into another question about the Marsh Tacky. The most important one however was “How will anyone know we have a State Heritage Horse?” Truly a grassroots program began in education – a volunteer with a horse (Janson Cox), a volunteer with a camera (Jackie McFadden), and a volunteer with a notepad(me) got together and dubbed ourselves, “Team Molly”in 2010 at the second annual Carolina Marsh Tacky Association beach race. It was three years later and the official studbook had closed, the bill had passed and over 3,000 visitors were expected to see the race.

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Original 2010 Team Molly badge

Molly sized up the competition that year and did not take home the trophy. The next year 2011, Molly showed the young horses how it was done, however. If she could rock the Marsh Tacky world being the oldest horse on the beach and out-run stallions, we had some more work to do.  We pulled together a self-published book, “Beach Race Champion” and got to work. Molly the oldest horse in the race had the youngest rider!


We visited schools, historical sites, events, festivals,4-H clubs, businesses. The book sales provided some gas money to haul a horse on occasion but we still filled up our tanks and got our meals on the road. Molly’s jockey, Brittany would visit the schools and talk about riding a beach race horse whenever she could.

We soon realized one horse, even if it was the magnificent Molly, coSC Festival (57)-Suld not possibly cover the entire state of South Carolina. So we reached out to owners who cared about educating our state about its new  South Carolina State Heritage Horse, the Marsh Tacky. And they did, they traveled wherever there was a need to have a horse so people would know about them. And they still do.

Over the past ten years we have been collecting oral histories, family histories and stories, getting to know owners new and old and relentlessly searching for what one of our interviewees called “a paper clip, you are searching for something everyone had and they forgot they had it”. We hope to complete more childrens books about Molly once our “Natural History of the Marsh Tacky” is complete.

I would like to take a moment to thank some of the horses for the visits:

Molly, a mystery mare Marsh Tacky, who pretty much owns Janson Cox and reminds him that all Calvary cannons will go uphill in any weather, despite the riders discomfort. She is also a Daughter of the American Revolution and Calvary mount.She has been in educational documentaries about the Revolutionary War. 868






Gator, a shiny grulla Marsh Tacky Stud, owned by Jim & Kim Brown, have graciously  showed up at my own local school district in Clover, SC as well as in schools in Chester, SC with the toughest group of teenagers.Eventually Gators good-natured attitude persisted until the teens could not resist petting Gator. Then it was ‘Totally Awesome’ to pet Gator. Gator has also been in documentaries about the SC state Heritage horse. 0426130710