Sunday, March 23, 2014
Shackelford Island Banker Ponies
Yesterday Terry and I rode 109 miles on a string of five different horses each. I started the morning before 3:00 am on Holland. We rode through the woods on lumber paths for 22 miles in the darkness. To my surprise it was the fastest leg of the ride.
On the second leg Terry was on Wanchese, a Shackelford stallion. There are only two herds of wild Colonial Spanish mustangs left on the east coast--Corolla and Shackelford. Had you been here yesterday to see what these historic horses are capable of doing you would never question why we work so hard to keep the Corollas from going extinct.
I was perfectly comfortable trusting myself to Holland as he gaited and cantered 22 miles (actually 23--we got an insurance mile in since he and Comet were doing so well) in the darkness. He could have carried me another thirty miles at that pace with little difficulty.
These are very special horses.
Posted by Steve Edwards