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Did you know that over five-thousand wild horses, of Spanish decent, used to roam the coast of North Carolina? Now only two hundred and twenty remain. The Colonial Spanish Mustang is the state horse.
Only 220 left? That must make them incredibly endangered. Sigh.
Yeah. There's some issues between the folks that worry about the horses and those that worry about the birds and grasses. But the folks on the Outer Banks are fiercely protective of the horses. The horses roam around tame, grazing in the back and front yards of the homes along the banks.
Do they do damage to the local ecology? Imported species are often so unsuitable, as are our wild brumby horses.
They've been here since the 16th century. There is some issue about the grass they eat and erosion, but they keep the size of the herd down.
Hi Sandra - interesting that over the 500 years the Colonial Spanish Mustang bred to 5,000 or so horses ... I hope those 220 survive on. Cheers Hilary
I trust so, the folks that live there are fiercely protective of them.
Didn't know that. So of course I had to look up to see if Massachusetts has a state horse. We do! The Morgan breed. Learn something new every day
Ooh, Morgans are wonderful horses.
I did not. I don't think we have a state horse. I like that idea!
That must have been a beautiful sight to see 5000 horses running free. I hope the 220 thrive! Xo
Wouldn't it have been something to see all those horses running beside the ocean?xoxo
Glad you think so, Christine:)
I've heard that you can see these horses on some type of tour ???one assumes that they are corralled at some point, otherwise one would be on a tour bus/van thinking.......well, don't see any ....but....:)
They roam wild in a secluded area of the outer banks. We took a tour and saw them in people's yards grazing. It was cool.
Never knew that
Does South Carolina have a state horse, Adam?
Wow. Thanks. :-)Greetings from London.
5000 horses at one time? Now 200? Hmm, I wonder what could happen next.
I hope they continue to care for them. There's supposedly DNA in them that comes from some horses that are now extinct.
Uy que pena por los caballitos ojala no se extingan y sean cuidados. Te mando un beso
I trust there will be continued care for the ones left.Hugs
That makes me want to move there! We have some wild mustangs in southern Alberta, but landowners want them captured. They say they ruin crops.
It would be an amazing place to live, for sure.We have the same issues with our wild mustangs in the West.The ranchers are always trying to get them removed to make more grazing available for the cattle. It's a constant battle.Thanks for stopping by, Jacquie:)
WOW! That's really interesting, and didn't know that. Very cool to have a state horse, and sad that not many are left.😥 Well, I got my ❄ snow 🤩and just came back in from 21 degree weather, as I brushed off the soft and fluffy stuff from the car. 3.5 inches is what we received here! Hope you're safe and warm 🥰 Hugs, RO
I do remember reading about that on a blog once. I think they are on or near the outer banks.
My goodness, I do hope these 220 survive for a good while longer ...All the best Jan