These are the Spanish Colonial Mustangs that reside in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The horses pictures are part of the Corolla (Cor-AH-la) herd. It is a herd of approximately 136 horses, the smallest of all the Spanish mustang herds.
The "banker" horses are directly descended from the mustangs Spanish explorers brought with them to the new world in the 1500s. They are very special horses indeed!
These horses live among the sand dunes and maritime forest, and spend hot days cooling off at the beach. They exist only on the vegetation and brackish water of the land. Treats one would normally give to domestic horses could literally kill these horses (if you visit them PLEASE do NOT feed them)!
The Corolla herd is managed and cared for by the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, a non-profit organization started by a group of concerned citizens.
While the horses have around 7,000 acres in which to roam, they are forced to share them with people. This arrangement generally works, although one stallion was recently hit and killed by a vehicle and a two week old foal colicked (and died) because some idiot fed it watermelon.
Legislation is currently pending - the Corolla Wild Horse Protection Act. It recently passed the U.S. House of Representative but we still need to get the U.S. Senate on Board. Please take a few minutes to learn more, and to contact your Senators. The horses really need more protection! Thank you!