PonIES & OYSTERS

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Experience one of nature’s many wonders on the small Danish island of Mandø.
Photography CHRISTINA HAUSCHILDT Text MARLENE TOLDBOD JAKOBSEN / The Horse Rider’s Journal No.9

In the Danish Wadden Sea sits Mandø between two other little islands, Rømø and Fanø. Mandø is quite a special little place, because when the tide goes out it is possible to drive there by car. This also means you can ride on horseback to the tiny island, which measures a mere eight square kilometres. And perhaps most excting of all, you can go oyster-hunting on horseback.

When the tide goes out, you’re effectively riding on the exposed seabed of the Wadden, on what seems like an endless path. If you are lucky, you can canter past seals sunning themselves by the water’s edge. With the mainland out of sight and not a sound to be heard other than the sporadic snorting of the horses, this is truly an idyllic scenery. Depending on the weather and the season, you will have from two to four hours to explore before the tide starts heading back in. Oyster season runs from October till April, and during that time, there are plenty of opportunities to harvest oyesters directly from the sandy beach.

Mandø is a miniature natural paradise and is preserved as part of a wildlife nature reserve. At the Koresand sand dunes you can spot the remains of a British bomber, and whales have been known to strand here. Today there is only one farm left on the island, and one bed and breakfast remains open all year round if you want to stay the night. •



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