Source: Greensboro News & Record

Horses weren’t always native to the Outer Banks, but 500 years ago Spanish explorers introduced them to the region and they’ve thrived ever since.

Half a millennium later, The Corolla Wild Horse Fund and the Museum of the Albemarle are creating exhibits to commemorate the animals. The organizations are also producing an online video to accompany the attraction. The wild horses have developed into one of the major tourist attractions for the Outer Banks over the years, according to the Greensboro News & Record. There will also be a wine named for Pedro de Quexoia, the Spanish explorer who first came to the coast of North Carolina. Part of the sales will be directed to education programs at the museum.

The Corolla Wild Horse Fund has been taking DNA samples of some horses to help trace their genealogy. Even Raymond the mule has Spanish ancestry. His mother was a Spanish mustang, Meg Puckett said. Puckett is manager of the Corolla wild horse herd.

Read the full story on Currituck’s wild horses from the Greensboro News & Record.