There are few images quite as breathtaking as seeing one of the Spanish mustang horses run wild and free along the shores of Corolla. Although the Outer Banks have been relatively isolated and under-developed until recently, these wild mustangs have been roaming its shores for over 500 years. There are over 100 colonial Spanish mustangs living on about 7,544 acres of land. Often called a wild horse sanctuary, the land is actually about 1/3 public land and 2/3 private. When you are staying at one of our Outer Banks Corolla rentals, you may even see the horses galloping down the beach.
Designated as the official state horse in 2010, the beautiful Spanish mustangs of Corolla are not actually native to the shores of the Outer Banks. Through DNA testing it has been proven that the wild horses are direct descendants of those that were brought here by the Spanish conquistadors in 1520. Since then, the horses living free in Corolla have been registered as colonial Spanish mustangs and there are several stories surrounding the horses offering possible explanations of how the horses came to be in Corolla. If you are staying in one of our secluded Outer Banks Corolla rentals, be sure make the time to see the wild and free creatures that have inhabited the shores of the OBX since the 1520’s and take a tour to learn more about their fascinating history. There are several options to choose from when planning a tour to see the wild horses.
Take a tour with a Wild Horse Specialist: Take a two hour trip with the Corolla Wild Horse Fund Inc. and learn more about the gorgeous horses and where they originated. Learn from the experts who are directly responsible for the wild horse herd. Each trip is based on the real time experience and daily activities of the horses and the people that care for them. Not only will you get to see the herd from the perspective of a herd manager, but you will also be helping to support the wild horses because the proceeds from the trips come back to benefit the wild horses themselves.
Bring the whole family on a tour: At Bob’s Off-Road Wild Horse Adventure Tours, family fun is the focus. If you brought the entire family to stay at one of the Outer Banks Corolla rentals, you’re in luck. With vehicles that are child seat friendly and can seat up to fifteen people, you can take the whole family out to witness the Corolla horses in their natural habitat. While you’re on the tour, kids and adults alike can learn a little something about the history of the Outer Banks and the horses. After being amazing by the magnificence of the wild Mustangs, you won’t even realize you were learning during your tour!
Rent a Jeep and take a guided tour: With Wild Horse Adventure Tours you have three different choices to choose from when seeing the North Carolina state horse in Corolla. Ride along in a custom enclosed A/C 4X4 on a Mini Coach Horse Tour or a custom Open-top Hummer with an Excursion Horse Tour or, if you prefer, you can always rent a jeep and drive yourself on a Tagalong Guided Tour. Take any one of the two hour long Off-Road Adventure tours and enjoy an excursion that is tailored directly to your party’s needs.
If you are fortunate enough to see one of the wild Spanish Mustangs while staying in one of our Outer Banks Corolla rentals, you will understand that this is a picturesque opportunity that cannot easily be described. With any one of these three amazing tours, your chances of witnessing the rare beauty of the horses is much greater than simply looking for them yourself!