Half Dozen Shackleford Horses Up For Adoption

Here is your chance to own a piece of North Carolina heritage. The Cape Lookout National Seashore is putting up for adoption six relocated Shackleford horses.

Born wild and removed for population control, the park service says these Banker horses tame well with time and patience. The herd holds a genetic link to Colonial Spanish horses, and they have lived on the Outer Banks for centuries.

Up for adoption are three geldings born in 2008, and born in 2007 and two fillies from 2008.

The Foundation for Shackleford Horses handles the adoptions on a first-come basis.

For more information and/or an adoption application contact Anita Kimball at (252) 241-5222 or, after 6:00 p.m., Joy Lawrence at (252) 728-7111. To make an appointment to see the horses, contact Anita Kimball. In Florida, contact Bob Cubbage at (352) 817-3576.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2011 at 09:16 PM
    Sad they have to leave the island. Hope and pray they do not end up with animal horders who do not feed them or take care of them. I wish horses had social services type of follow-ups to make sure.
  • by US-First Location: Greenville on Mar 16, 2011 at 03:06 PM
    They could make some good Colonial Spanish glue! Or dog food with a hint of Spanish flavor.
  • by Tiffany Location: Outer Banks on Mar 16, 2011 at 01:41 PM
    I am very interested in one or two of these horses, My family and I are about to move to our new Farm in Ashboro North Carolina. We are looking to safe and adopt quit a few horses.
  • by Rodney D. Location: Greenville on Mar 16, 2011 at 01:07 PM
    I'd love one, but I live in a crummy cheap old apartment. Otherwise.....
  • by tami on Mar 16, 2011 at 12:36 PM
    i would love to have 1 ,but i already have 5 mouths to feed and don't have the time to take care of 1..i have always wanted a horse and these are gourgeous.i hope that they find very good homes.
  • by Ginny Location: ENC on Mar 16, 2011 at 12:10 PM
    @Bud...it's ok, those NON-horsey people will never understand us! I wish I was able to adopt one too. These little guys make great companions and are phenominal riding ponies!
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Mar 16, 2011 at 11:16 AM
    This is the ultimate form of living history for anyone who loves eastern NC. I wish I had more land, I'd look into getting one. For anybody that says "It's just a horse," clearly you don't understand, but that's okay. Hopefully you'll get it one day.
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