United States The Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks

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T. Kirkendall and V. Spring

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Shackleford Banks is a Barrier Island that is home to a herd of about 115 wild Banker horses. These horses are generally found spread out across the island and are often spotted by the Island Express Ferries. Horses may be found grazing in the meadows on their own, but most often they are seen in groups of 4 or 5 mares in the company of one stallion. The horses are in constant motion, searching for food and water on an island that offers little of either. People are required to stay at least 50 feet from the horses at all times and avoid all interaction with the horses. That means no touching or feeding of the animals. All horses have seen humans who come to watch them, photograph, or research their behavior and health. However, they are easily spooked and it is a good ideal to read up on how to approach them before arriving at the island - see More Info below.

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