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Horse of the Month for August 2021

Carolina Marsh Tacky

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History and Genetics: Carolina Marsh Tacky is a forgotten breed and was once an important contributor during the Colonial period. Considered a southeast costal breed of the USA, their genetics are tied to the Shackleford Bankers, Florida Cracker, Puerto Rican Paso, and at some point in time the Tennessee Walkers’ DNA came into play.

A number of Carolina Marsh Tacky represents the Iberian type. They average 14 to 14.4 hands and 600 to 900 pounds. The breed has been coined a “stout, swamp-savvy and trail-wise Tacky”. From field to wetland trial blazing, this breed is sure-footed, easy in the saddle and a few have the Swamp Trot shuffle gait.

In the 1990’s the breed count was less than 200 and with conservation steps the Carolina Marsh Tacky increased to 400; it is a slow process but crucial if they are to survive.  In 2007 their DNA was collected by the Equus Survival Trust. As of today, most Tackies reside in Low Country, South Carolina.

Current Global Population: 400
North American Population: 400
Global Breeding Activity: In question
With global breeding activity depressed, more effort is needed.

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