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Stronghold of Resistance: Sable Island & Her Legendary Horses

 


 

This short film takes viewers to Sable’s shores through a narrator mysteriously enmeshed within the island to explore the never-ending cycles that make this strip of land a self-sustaining system where only wild horses have managed to thrive.

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    “Ethereal and light yet heavy and sincere, this place is a kingdom suitable only for its surreal inhabitants – horses.”

    Drew Doggett

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    “Sable is a stronghold of resistance, a final frontier of land man has failed to claim – No relationship sustained other than with her fabled horses.”

    Drew Doggett

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    “As if by instinct, the horses can find the nutrient rich grasses growing beneath the surface of a pool of water.”

    Drew Doggett

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    “These horse’s regal characteristics are only matched by the island itself. Here, a breeze blows this horse’s wild and perfectly unkempt mane.”

    Drew Doggett

“I’ve never felt so connected to animals as I do when I’m on Sable Island. These horses, and their near-mythical home, having an unmistakeable resiliency to their existence that I find remarkable each time I travel there.”

Drew Doggett

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    An Island Roamed Freely by All-Wild Horses

     


     

    At less than a mile-wide and 26-miles long, only from above, seen surrounded by the endless ocean, can you begin to understand Sable’s remoteness.

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    Known as the ‘Graveyard of the Atlantic,’ Sable is home to many shipwrecks. Here you can see the debris in the water near the shore.

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    The mothers teach their babies the skills needed for surviving on the island, like how to divine for freshwater or where to look for food.

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    The topography of Sable is always changing. The wind carves new shapes into the land with no notice and no attention paid to its residents.

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    Located off the coast of Nova Scotia, the island’s only human occupants are scientists who work there in shifts to monitor the weather.

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    As a barometer of weather in the Northern Hemisphere, Sable is in a perfect location. Here a scientist takes a weather balloon out to release into the sky.

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    On the Eastern side of the island there are no freshwater ponds for drinking, so the horses have learned how to dig their own wells.

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    In the foreground of this image you can see a chimney sticking out of the land. Below is an entire house, swallowed by the sand.

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    Debris from shipwreck is strewn around the island. An estimated 350 shipwrecks have occurred on Sable’s shores.

     

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    Despite being mostly made of sand, Sable is full of swaths of lush Marram grass where you can nearly always find horses grazing.

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    The cliffs of sand and rock make this island incredible – the horses even more so.

     

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    Seals will seasonally migrate to Sable. You can see them playing in the water and on the shores.

     

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