Ocracoke Herd Gets New Pony

The Ocracoke Pony herd has a new member.

The National Park Service recently adopted "Alonso", a three year old registered Spanish stallion from the Corolla Wild Horse herd.

"Alonso" was transported to Ocracoke on February 2nd, joining 17 other horses in the Ocracoke herd.

Legend says the "Banker" horse were left by shipwrecked explorers in the 16th or 17th century. The Park Service says at one point there were as many as 300 horses on Ocracoke.

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  • by Cindy on Feb 15, 2012 at 03:51 AM
    Vince, please explain your theory on this. I'm not getting it. They are a beautiful part of our beaches and last I check, they don't hurt you or I. Many people go camping on "Shack" all the time with the horses there and are not bothered nor do they have a problem with any of the resources.
  • by Vince Location: Washington on Feb 14, 2012 at 06:07 PM
    Oh no, here we go again. As I've previously mentioned before (and many would consider debated... and won!), these horses should be removed from our barrier islands. They don't belong there. They are destructive to the natural ecosystem, they were released there by people (i.e., they are simply ancestors of feral animals), and they should be removed. Don't let the charismatic nature of these creatures fool you. Preferably they should be transferred to private ownership, but euthanizing all of them would be a less preferred alternative. Humans make the mistake of releasing them, they are harming the environment, and they should be rid of.
  • by The Doctor on Feb 14, 2012 at 04:50 PM
    Allons-y Alonso!
  • by garrishgirl Location: belhaven on Feb 14, 2012 at 01:29 PM
    Love this!!!!!

  • by garrishgirl Location: belhaven on Feb 14, 2012 at 01:28 PM
    Love this!!!!!

  • by Karen Location: Corolla on Feb 14, 2012 at 12:32 PM
    Alanso is registered with the Horse of the Americas Registry as a Colonial Spanish Mustang - as are all the horses in the wild herds of Corolla and Shackleford Banks. The photo is of Alanso standing in a corral at the "Pony Pen" in Ockracoke after he arrived.
  • by Young Gun on Feb 14, 2012 at 12:04 PM
    @You Hicks:Now if that aint the pot calling the kettle black.
  • by blah on Feb 14, 2012 at 11:45 AM
    That is one ugly horse.Reminds me of scottie pippen.
  • by You hicks on Feb 14, 2012 at 11:31 AM
    will complain about anything. How about working for a living and start paying your fair share..
  • by plow boy on Feb 14, 2012 at 10:42 AM
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