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post #71 of 76 Old 07-27-2013, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Celeste View Post
Are these the feral horses that are on Cumberland Island in Georgia?
I can't say definitively whether they are or aren't.
Cumberland Island had different horses introduced over time by the different people attempted to settle there (successfully and unsuccessfully). First by the Spanish and 200 years later after the English arrived.
It's would likely be almost certain that they have Marsh Tacky blood in them, but whether it's enough that the ALBC recognizes them as such I wouldn't know. Genetics testing would tell for sure. I've heard that the Cumberland horses have some behavioral differences from most Marsh Tacky, but that's hearsay and I don't put much stock in hearsay (you never know if there's an agenda behind the hearsay). I've also heard it said that they are Marsh Tacky. Genetics don't lie though, so that would be the real test. I know the CMTA apparently required genetic proof originally. Can't say if they still do. They might not for the offspring of already tested parents.

I know there use to be feral Marsh Tacky on Daufuskie Island which isn't far from Cumberland Island, but the ones there now are back to being domestic. I know a lot of people today think of them like the other east coast Spanish Colonial horses that survived on Islands, but the Marsh Tacky was actually not restricted to the coastal islands. They survived successfully in the marshes and swamps of the SC and GA low country. Were captured, used and traded by the native, and later European, inhabitants of the area.

It's interesting how quickly their numbers diminished between the 1950's and 2000, but it's to be expected since the uses for them were rapidly diminishing or disappearing.

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post #72 of 76 Old 07-27-2013, 08:08 PM
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Originally Posted by CLaPorte432 View Post
We have a Curly. They are sooooo hardy. It's so interesting. Have you read up on the history of them? I remember reading that back in the day (40's? 50's?) there were herds of Curlies that one particular rancher kept. They'd be turned out with regular horses during the winter. In the spring when they went to round them up, only the Curlies had survived.

I'm from Michigan. We don't have a state horse. But our state game animal is the White Tail Deer. LoL.
The Dameles rounded up a few Curlies with their mustangs and kept them. After a few winters of Curlies as the only survivors they bred them with QHs, Morgans, Arabs, etc. Since then the breed has been open to the interpretation of the breeder. The ABCR has their general standard, as does CSI. The ICHO registers any with Curly ancestors or unknown ansestry with curly hair. Don Mead had a strong influence in the Curly breed and he lived in Alaska and was in the military when he got his first. That one was killed by an inexperienced hunter in its later years and he got more and started to breed them years later. He appreciated their hardiness, and they will utilize their surroundings more than other breeds. (They would seek out a plant that actually had fly repelling qualities, which was important due to some Curlies lack of tail.) I have three Curlies, two mares and a filly, and can attest to them being wonderful horses. If Alaska was to have a state horse, I think the Curly should be it.

Wisconsin has no state horse, more of a dairy state than a horse state. I'd have to say if we did have one, it'd have to be the Belgian. Most farms worked their fields with Belgians, some Percherons, but to this day I know a few farms with Belgians on them.
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post #73 of 76 Old 07-27-2013, 09:34 PM
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Appaloosa is Idaho's state horse(: And I happen to own one!
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post #74 of 76 Old 07-27-2013, 10:30 PM
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Like Cinder, I am from New York.
Where we have a muffin but not a state horse.
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post #75 of 76 Old 07-28-2013, 09:00 PM
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I want a state Muffin! Thats it I am writing my congress person because lets face it you are not a state until its muffin official.
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post #76 of 76 Old 07-28-2013, 09:10 PM
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wow for New Jersey it just says "horse".

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especially when it's trying to buck you off
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