Join my 6-week trip where I showcase the beautiful, and sometimes sad, nature of the truly wild and unmanaged horses that inhabit Sable Island. Sable Island is a 42km long, and 1.5km wide (at it's widest point) island, with long stretches of white sand that create large sand dunes, and an incredibly harsh environment for the horses to survive in.
the island history
The island has never been permanently settled, however, shipwrecked sailors, transported convicts, pirates and wreckers have temporarily been there. The myth says that the horses were survivors of shipwrecks, but in fact, Andrew le Mercier (a Boston minister) first brought the horses to the island in 1737 and 1738 and more came with Thomas Hancock in 1760. Due to the amount of shipwrecks, life-saving stations were established on the island and the residents used them as draft animals and rode them to search for shipwrecks. Once the island was abandoned du to the difficulties of establishing a population on it, several horses were rounded up and sold in Halifax between 1801 and the 1940s.