North Carolina lawmakers agree that the horses living wild along the Outer Banks are a symbol of the state.
By an unanimous vote in the House the General Assembly gave final approval Wednesday on a bill naming the colonial Spanish mustang as the official state horse. The measure now goes to Gov. Beverly Perdue's desk to become law.
Students at a Currituck County elementary school suggested the idea. The horses are a major tourist attraction.
Two herds of about 100 horses near Corolla and on Shackleford Banks in Carteret County are believed to have descended from mustangs Spanish explorers brought to the coast in the 1500s.
Other official North Carolina symbols include the honey bee as state insect and the Plott hound as state dog.