Sable Island is a desolate, forty-two kilometer long, crescent-shaped sliver of a sand bar situated two hundred miles off the coast of Nova Scotia. Balancing on the edge of the Continental Shelf it lies where the cold Labrador Current and the warm Gulf Stream converge. Sable’s long history is mired in controversial politics, shipwrecks and piracy and failed attempts at settlement. It exists today, much as it always has: mysterious and secluded, fog-bound more than a hundred days of the year and unreachable due to unpredictable weather patterns most other days.
The island has become famous for its feral horses over the years. Today there are over five hundred horses roaming freely all over the island, totally untouched by humans. The horses are now deemed wild and on the brink of extinction.