Housed within a historic home in Corolla village, the free Corolla Wild Horse Fund museum shares the wonderful history and legacy of the Banker Strain of Colonial Spanish mustangs. Descendants of Spanish mustangs brought to the Outer Banks nearly 500 years ago, they are a hardy and majestic breed that is teetering on the brink of extinction. The whole family can learn more from their knowledgeable staff, photography and historical information. Donations are accepted and encouraged.
Take the Trip of a Lifetime to see the wild horses. Ride with the experts who work with those in charge of the actual management and care of the wild herd. All funds raised go to the care and protection of the wild horses. Prices are $20 for children and $45 for adults. Please call for reservations or book your trip at www.corollawildhorses.com
Here are some special events for the summer:
Paint your own wooden Colonial Spanish mustang. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund sponsors horse painting for kids every Tuesday and Thursday from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Paint, brushes and smocks are provided, and kids of all ages can join in the fun. Artists can choose from large wooden horses attached to posts that stay up all week for visitors to admire or smaller wooden horse cut-outs to decorate or trim the tree. All proceeds benefit the wild horses. This is such a fun Outer Banks thing to do!
On Fridays, from springtime into the fall, weather permitting, a gentled Colonial Spanish mustang is ready to meet and greet your family at the Wild Horse Museum Store in Corolla from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Corolla Wild Horse Fund staff and trained volunteers provide fascinating information about the history of wild horses and how you can help save this heritage breed. Petting is encouraged!
While a lot of the fun programming happens during the summer, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund is open all year, so stop by to visit.