In short, the horses have nothing to do with boating. The horses are a representative of the culture and atmosphere that is found here in Beaufort, North Carolina.
When someone thinks Beaufort, they may think of the Pirates and Blackbeard Lore or they may think of the many lighthouses in the area, but most think of the Wild Horses.
The horses are such an important part of the Beaufort experience.
They live across 4 islands, separated as the Wild Spanish Mustangs of Corolla, the Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks, the Ocracoke “Banker” Ponies, and Beaufort’s Wild Horses of the Racheal Carson reserve.
The horses have lived on the islands for centuries, having descended from the Spanish horses of early explorers. While it has not verified, it is suspected that some of the horses swam to the shores from sinking and sunken ships. The horses are truly wild, living on their own with no help or influence from people, though they are moderately managed by the state.
When we chose Beaufort, we saw an opportunity to become a part of a community and our identity needed to reflect that. We adopted the image of the horses, with permission from Carteret County to show our connection to our community.