According to the acting superintendent of the Cape Lookout National Seashore, Mike Tranel, six relocated Shackleford horses are up for adoption.
The horses have a genetic link to Colonial Spanish horses. They're recognized by the Horse of the America's Registry and have lived on the Outer Banks for centuries.
The horses tame well over time and with patience. They grow to 11 to 13 hands (4 inches per hand). The horses make good companions for both horses and people and can be trained for driving or riding.
The Foundation for Shackleford Horses, Inc. handles adoptions. Three geldings born in 2008 and two 2008 fillies are available. The horses are accustomed to wearing halters and being lead.
Adoptions are handled on a first-come basis. An adoption fee is charged and facility requirements must be met.