One of the benefits that equestrians who visit Inlet Point Plantation gain – apart from the chance to form an unspoken bond with nature – is the opportunity to take a historic tour of South Carolina. Inlet Point Plantation, and South Carolina in general, is rich with places that are historically significant. It is a sort of Mecca for history buffs and equestrians alike. However, history doesn’t just involve people and places. History also involves the noble creatures that our visitors choose to commune with every year – our horses. For example, a horse common to South Carolina – the Marsh Tacky horse – can have its lineage traced all the way back to Native American tribes and to the Spanish who introduced horses to the North American continent. So this month we decided to honor the intersection of equestrian and historical love that is Inlet Point Plantation and take a look at some famous horses in history…
Famous War Horses
Traveller: This was a favorite horse of General Robert E. Lee at a time when a horse was everything to a rider including a companion, a farming implement, a means of transportation and – in the case of Lee – a war chariot. Traveller was shot in order to mercifully end his life after he had contracted tetanus.
Methuselah: One of Ulysses S. Grant’s favorite horses during the American Civil War, Methuselah was acquired by the Union general and was first ridden by him upon re-entering the Army in 1861. Cincinnati was another favorite of General Grant’s that he rode on several campaigns.
Marengo: This Egyptian breed was a favorite of the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. After carrying the emperor through several battles it was eventually captured by British officer Lord Petre.
Comanche: This famous steed was known to be the only survivor of the battle of The Little Big Horn. He received a military funeral when he died.
Famous Race horses in history
Eclipse: This was the most famous horse of the 18th century. He was undefeated in 18 races.
Man O’ War: Thought by many to be the greatest racehorse in history, Man O’ War won the Belmont Stakes and the Kenilworth Park Gold Cup and was so dominant that other trainers did not want to put their horses up against him.
Seabiscuit: A descendent of Man O’ War, he got off to a slow start but became a dominant force in horseracing for years.
Secretariat: This legend among horse racing fans became the first juvenile in history to win the Horse of the Year Award. He was the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby in less than 2 minutes and continued to topple records until his death.
A price simply cannot be put on the communion with nature and health giving benefits that riding our horses provide. Taking one of our trail rides in South Carolina is the perfect way to connect with these horses and their cousins who are such an important part of world history.