Horses on Cumberland Island

Horses are animals of the open plains; they are not woodland animals. Situations which are common to native woodland animals such as deer become lethal to horses.

The overall picture is not pretty. It shows our insensitivity and inhumanity to animals under our control.

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One potential grazing area is the salt marsh.

 

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Mares have the most difficult time because they must eat for two all their adult life.

 

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This mare died a week later.

 

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This mare was not part of a group.

 

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Bred too young?

 

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She is carrying a foal.

 

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Young have problems too.

 

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Large poisonous snakes, native to the island, strike in defense to keep from being stepped upon.

 

slide09 This large stallion was caught by the tail, which would prevent him from eating or drinking and ultimately result in his death.
photo credit: Ken Hill

 

slide10This large stallion continues to try to escape.
photo credit: Ken Hill

 

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Many island horses die this way.

 

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Once tangled in barbed wire, these feral animals, designed for open areas, panic, which exacerbates the situation. Barbed wire sliced up this stallion.

 

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Healed broken leg

 

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