Marsh Tackies

Global Horse Culture Archive on October 18, 2007, 6:15


The Marsh Tacky is a rare breed of horse found in the southern US, specifically in the swamps of South Carolina and Georgia. Like the Florida Cracker, Chickasaw, and a few other southern US breeds, the Marsh Tacky is of Spanish Colonial type. This means it is predominantly descended from the horses brought by Spanish settlers to the southeastern US.

Through the 1700s the southern US was culturally much closer to the Caribbean than to the English northeast. Most of the old southern breeds of horses, including the Mustang, are heavily influenced by the original Spanish stock, and their


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