Nominally a part of the US but an upper-tier third-world location in reality.
(Photo by Tatyana Volk)
Outer Banks NC.
The desert? On a horse with no name?
One of three possibilities: Assateague Island National Seashore, Cape Lookout National Seashore, or the NC Outer Banks north of Corolla.
What am I saying? Probably is Puerto Rico.
Turks and Caicos?
Horse’s legs are too long for a Chincoteague pony. Depending on breed that’s either a weanling of one of the more common riding breeds or a yearling of one of the pony type breeds. Judging by the short neck, I’m guessing pony breed or cross, but the Chincoteague ponies tend not to be that delicate in the hocks and one in situ on Chincoteague wouldn’t be a cross. If it were Assateague it could be a cross but it’s unlikely the foal would be loose on the seashore.
Why yes, I am a dork.
This horse is feral and the whole population has been semi-wild for centuries.
Which narrows it down to any of several island populations that fit the other specifications. Based on the build, I’m guessing less Conquistador mount influence, more mid-to-upper class colonial.
Which still only narrows it down to maybe seven different island-based populations, and that foal isn’t distinctive enough to indicate any one over the others.
I will post more photos soon.
Only guess I’m willing to make is southeastern coastline island location, probably in the range between the Carolinas and north-ish Florida. Possibly as far south as the Keys but the amount of coat she’s got points towards somewhere that gets reasonably cool, but not hard cold. Don’t know enough about winter climate in the Keys to say it’s impossible.
I know nothing about birds, but based on the horse, I’d say Cumberland or Corolla. Could be wrong, a lot of the island populations get similar, and that’s not the best positioning to assess conformation.
Basing on the weak hip, long back, and steep shoulder mostly. More northern island ponies seem to be shorter backed with a better hip and more muscle, generally a “healthier” looking horse for what we consider healthy. Mostly due to either a larger breeding population to start with or more influxes of genes, as more ships went to the northeastern states than the southeastern (and wrecked or sank, allowing their equine cargo to swim to an island and set up shop) though a population can be perfectly healthy, look like ass for a riding or showing purpose, and be perfectly built for where they are and what they need to do.
Vieques? My wife and I were there earlier this year. After my wife tried to knock over a tree with her skull, we were surprised to find a horse standing about three feet away, just looking us over. It then proceeded to eat my pita chips… They beg like dogs.
You guessed it! I didn’t see any begging by the horses but I was only there for a little less than a week.
Lovely beaches there, though getting to them on Vieques’ “roads” is half the fun!
Hope you enjoyed your stay there as much as we did.
Nominally part of the U.S. but upper tier 3rd world had me thinking Detroit.
> Nominally a part of the US but an upper-tier third-world location in reality.
My vote is, and was, California. Southern California.