Well, the charming cumberland Island is home to east coast America’s only really wild horse herd. The serene abandoned island was once home to the super-rich Carnegie family, who bought it in the 1880s. The Cumberland Island’s over 150 horses are descendants from domestic horses used in local Civil War battles. The Horses are par for the course in the Wild West, but there are a few roaming the wild east of America as well. The off to Atlantic coast of Georgia is home to the only unmanaged feral herd of horses on the east coast. The area is pretty much deserted, the island’s former grand inhabitants have moved on but the horses have remained. Recently they have been snapped, over a decade of visits, by French photographer Anouk Masson Krantz, for the soon-to-be released book Wild Horses of Cumberland Island, published by Images Publishing. The Cumberland Island is made up of white sand beaches, immense rolling dunes, old growth maritime forests and a salt marsh tidal estuary. It’s only reachable by boat and there’s only one hotel to choose from – The Greyfield Inn, one of the few buildings on the island that isn’t a grandiose ruin.

More than home to 150 wild horses, the island has had a cheered history. It is well believed that horses first would have arrived with Spanish settlers in the 17th century. There were plantations and Civil War battles there in the 19th century, however after that the wealthy Carnegies bought most of it in the 1880s. Therefore, the legendary industrialist family lived there with their own horses but it was sold to the National Park Service in 1972. A descendant of the original owner, Thomas Carnegie, Oliver ‘Mitty’ Ferguson runs the island’s hotel. The Cumberland horses aren’t native to the island but as they are descended from domestic breeds, it’s said their ancestors must have escaped during the Civil War. If you are horse lover, then you must see horses taking free rein of a treasured environment in a sparkling set of pictures.Source: Dailymail

Anouk Masson Krantz's book captures the freedom the horses have on Cumberland Island. They've never been ridden or domesticated by humans

Anouk Masson Krantz’s book captures the freedom the horses have on Cumberland Island. They’ve never been ridden or domesticated by humans

Around 150 wild horses live on America's Cumberland Island, which has just one hotel

Around 150 wild horses live on America’s Cumberland Island, which has just one hotel

Cumberland Island has been a national park since 1972. The horses are the only herd in east coast America that aren't managed in any way by humans

Cumberland Island has been a national park since 1972. The horses are the only herd in east coast America that aren’t managed in any way by humans

It's thought that horses have been on the island since the 17th century

It’s thought that horses have been on the island since the 17th century

No longer really inhabited (apart from one hotel), Cumberland Island was popular with the Carnegies but now nature has taken over

No longer really inhabited (apart from one hotel), Cumberland Island was popular with the Carnegies but now nature has taken over

Photographer Anouk Masson Krantz shot her book The Wild Horses of Cumberland Island over 10 years

Photographer Anouk Masson Krantz shot her book The Wild Horses of Cumberland Island over 10 years

The Georgian island has been home to Spanish settlers, plantation owners and multi-millionaires over the years. The historic maritime forests make for an atmospheric setting

The Georgian island has been home to Spanish settlers, plantation owners and multi-millionaires over the years. The historic maritime forests make for an atmospheric setting

The Greyfield Inn is the only hotel on the island, which is now owned by the National Park Service

The Greyfield Inn is the only hotel on the island, which is now owned by the National Park Service

The horses eat, play and explore together away from any human interference

The horses eat, play and explore together away from any human interference

The horses have an idyllic life on the pretty island, which sits just off the coast of Georgia, US

The horses have an idyllic life on the pretty island, which sits just off the coast of Georgia, US

The horses have been left alone without human interference for decades. Their numbers have stayed steady at around 150

The horses have been left alone without human interference for decades. Their numbers have stayed steady at around 150

The horses spend their days cantering on the sand, foraging for sea moss and grazing inland

The horses spend their days cantering on the sand, foraging for sea moss and grazing inland

This hypnotic image captures the beautiful tranquility of the island, which is a treasured coastal preserve

This hypnotic image captures the beautiful tranquility of the island, which is a treasured coastal preserve

This small family of horses has plenty of room to explore. They can roam across white sand beaches, ancient forests and a salt marsh

This small family of horses has plenty of room to explore. They can roam across white sand beaches, ancient forests and a salt marsh

 

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