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Seabrook Island Is Home to Fourteen Resident Horses

Posted 11/20/2023

Seabrook Island, SC, is a Community that Horses and Equine Enthusiasts Call Home.

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen,
Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen…
But do you know Sam and Scooby and Jack and Dewey
Zeke and Silky and Belle…

These are some of the names of the most famous horses in town!

Seabrook Island is home to fourteen resident horses whose breeds range from Mustang to Quarter Horse to Marsh Tacky and more. Each has a unique background and personality. These horses are not just any horses but the proud residents of Seabrook Island’s prestigious and award-winning Equestrian Center.

The Equestrian Center is nestled amidst the tranquil landscape of Seabrook Island, where equine friends roam freely in the pastures. The Equestrian Center stands tall as a symbol of excellence in horsemanship. It houses 44 stalls located within the gates of the private community; the facility offers unparalleled horse care, including access to miles of riding trails, state-of-the-art stables, horse boarding, riding lessons for boarded horses, and trail rides through the protected wildlife reserve on Seabrook Island and along miles of its private beach. You can expect picturesque views, beautiful facilities, and a serene atmosphere for your equine friend.

In addition, Seabrook Island Equestrian Center is honored to be home to some of the top trainers and riders in the area. This year, Charles Hairfield, Director of the Seabrook Island Equestrian Center, and Anna B., Stable Attendant, competed in the SCHJA Hunter Derby Series, and they both qualified for the Derby Finals, which will take place on December 1st – 3rd at the SC Equine Park in Camden, SC.

The Seabrook Island Equestrian Center understands the bond between a horse and its rider is a remarkable and unparalleled relationship that involves a mutual understanding of trust, respect, and communication. They also understand that owners go to great lengths to ensure their equine friends receive the best care. And you can expect the highest level of care, quality, and pristine private equestrian stalls. It offers many amenities to cater to every owner’s needs. Whether you’re looking for a comfortable living space, a serene environment, or top-notch facilities for your horse, the Seabrook Island Equestrian Center offers it all.

Meet the Horses

The Notable Marsh Tacky Two: Silky and Belle

Silky and Belle are registered Marsh Tacky, both Grulla in color. Silky is branded with the Carolina Marsh Tacky Organization. Marsh Tacky horses, designated as the South Carolina State Heritage Horse, are currently endangered.

Marsh Tackies were bred to thrive in the challenging climate and terrain of the Lowcountry. They are small, sturdy, and have a calm, brave, and gentle demeanor. Their characteristics make them well-suited for the hot, humid, and swampy environment they inhabit.

Silky and Belle, two notable Marsh Tackies, are a beautiful duo with unique and distinguishable features. Silky’s striking mane flows in the wind, and her legs have markings similar to a zebra while Belle’s glossy coat shines in the sun, making them stand out in any crowd. Their undeniable grace and elegance are a testament to the beauty of the Marsh Tacky breed. Meeting and learning more about this breed’s history is an excellent opportunity for equestrians and historians alike.

Meet An Original Wild Mustang – Sam

Sam was born in 2004, is bay in color, and was originally a wild BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Mustang. Sam took part in the Mustang Makeover Challenge, spending many years exploring the trails and National Parks of the Northwest before arriving at Seabrook. He is a confident natural on both beach and trail rides.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages and safeguards wild horses and burros across 26.9 million acres of public lands in 10 Western states. This falls under their mission to administer public lands for various purposes. The Wild Horse and Burro Program is designed to maintain healthy wild horses and burros on healthy public rangelands.

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Other notable highlights await you at the Equestrian Center.

Horseback Riding

The Equestrian Center is exclusive to the residents and members of Seabrook Island. It is one of the few on the East Coast that offers beach rides and caters to riders of all skill levels with guided trail and pony rides.

Walking Beach Rides
This ride is ideal for the beginner rider. No experience is necessary.
This beach ride takes you to Captain Sams inlet on Seabrook’s North Beach. You will head out around low tide when our shorebirds, seabirds, and local strand-feeding dolphins are the most active. It is a great opportunity to see and learn more about our local and migratory wildlife! The age minimum is 12 years old.

Scenic Trail Rides
This ride is ideal for the beginner rider. No experience is necessary.
The scenic trail ride tours about three miles around the island’s interior: the ride is mainly shaded as you horseback through the maritime forests, tidal marsh, Drake Pond, and along the Seabrook Garden. The wildlife is very active in this area of the island. Depending on the time of year, you will often see alligators, deer, birds, turtles, and much more. The trail ride is an excellent opportunity to see Seabrook differently. The age minimum is 8 years old.

Pony Rides
The pony ride is a 30-minute guided walk under the magnolias for our younger riders. The ponies typically enjoy the rides as much as the kids do! For ages 7 and under.

Lessons & Boarding
Private instruction is available from our professional staff. Monthly or long-term boarding is also available.

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