|Wild Horses of Corolla - Outer Banks, North Carolina|
|Bottles of Daniel Boone Ale|
At the coast, we spent a morning enjoying a wild horse tour in Corolla and Carova Beach. There, a population of feral horses run freely through a 1,800 acre animal sanctuary enclosure. The enclosure was erected in 1989 after twelve of the horses and been struck by automobiles. According to veterinary researchers at (you guessed it) the University of Kentucky, the number of alleles in the Corolla horse population are the fewest number found within any equine population. Accordingly, the Corolla horses are categorized as a unique species of horse rather than a mixture of other breeds. Of the different herds roaming North Carolina's Outer Banks, the Corolla stock particularly resemble the Iberian horses brought from Spain the 1500s.
It is disputed how the horses particularly arrived (and remained) in North Carolina. Some believe a Spanish vessel shipwrecked and that the horses swam to safety or that the horses were thrown overboard to free a beached Spanish galleon. A third theory suggests that a Spanish settlement in the area, including their horses, was abandoned after relations with the natives proved too challenging.
Horses, beer, and bourbon. Yessir, I found my Kentucky connection in the Tar-heel State.