Showing my non-native Michigander side, I said, "I don't know, but I wanna find out."

If you already know the answer, you need not read on. Surprisingly, I've talked to a lot of people who were born and raised here who didn't know the answer, either. So, I took to the interwebs and found the answer in a matter of seconds.

Starting the day after Labor Day, the horses are herded onto ferries to take them across the Straits of Mackinac to the UP. According to their handlers, the horses have no problem boarding the ferry in the fall, but are not quite as keen to board in the spring.

The horses are then taken to heated barns in areas like Newberry and Pickford, and some are brought to the lower peninsula.


  • horses on Mackinac eat almost 50,000 calories per day
  • they are paired with partners and stay with them throughout the summer
  • each ferry can hold up to 30 horses

So, there you have it. Learn something new every day, amirite?

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