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Wild Horse

Equus ferus caballus

Description:

Believed to be ancestors of Spanish horses that explorers brought to North America, these horse have roamed the Outer Banks beaches of North Carolina at least from the 1500's. Numbering at 80 - 100 in the herd, they are seen daily roaming the beaches of Corolla NC.

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8 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Lovely spotting. It's nice to know they're adapted and surviving there. Genetic study might be interesting.

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 8 years ago

sa-weet! wild horses are da bomb yo.

AngelChandler
AngelChandler 8 years ago

That's very cool!

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Very neat!! I'd love to do THAT!! I read that book as a teenager and loved it!! Can't remember much of it NOW, but... ;-)

kf4daw
kf4daw 8 years ago

These are a different herd but are similar horse. Misty of Chincoteague is a book about a wild horse there. Those horses are driven each year from one island to another.

We vacationed at Carova NC where you need a 4 wheel drive vehicle to get to your house and you wake up with horses grazing in your front yard!

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Very neat spotting!! Aren't these the horses of Chincoteague?? I would love to see these in the wild!!!

kf4daw
kf4daw 8 years ago

The horses roam free and they do breed. It is believed they are related to Spanish Mustangs. They are small horses at about 14 hands.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

kf4daw, welcome to Project Noah. Sorry, could you explain a bit better what you mean? which race are these animals? are they breed in USA now?

kf4daw
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North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Sep 19, 2009
Submitted on Aug 19, 2012

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