Discovering the Horses of Sable Island

Run with the most mysterious all-wild horses in the world


 

Sable Island, a small strip of land off the coast of Nova Scotia, is like nowhere else on Earth. The island is known for its history of shipwreck and for its incredibly resilient residents; it is home to one of the last herds of completely wild horses who have established their own independent way of life on the island’s 26 rugged miles.

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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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    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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