In 1995, Secretary Betty McCain of the Department of Cultural Resources issued the following Proclamation: “The Corolla Wild Horses are one of North Carolina’s most significant historic and cultural resources of the coastal area.” In May of 2010, Governor Beverly Purdue signed legislation designating the Colonial Spanish Mustang as the North Carolina State Horse.

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If a wild horse becomes too habituated to humans, becomes seriously ill, or critically injured, the Fund may have to capture and permanently remove him or her. We also remove and raise orphaned foals.

Once rehabilitated, a wild horse cannot be returned to the wild because it has been exposed to domestic horses either at the equine hospital or stable where it received care. A disease could be carried back to the wild herd for which they have no immunity. Additionally, in the course of saving the horse’s life, it will need to be handled extensively. It would be extremely likely to approach humans if returned to the wild.

Horses of all ages are generally available. All are gentled and most are saddle trained. Horses are trained at Mill Swamp Indian Horses in Smithfield, VA; Martin Community College in Williamston, NC; and by the Fund’s Herd Manager.

All horses are tested for EIA, vaccinated, feet are trimmed; wormed, and qualify for registration with the Horse of the Americas’ Registry as Colonial Spanish Mustangs.

Adoption Requirements, Application, & Agreement
Please read the requirements and application very carefully before completing (click here). A $100 deposit is required with the application and an additional $515 is due upon approval. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund, Inc. evaluates applications in the order in which they are received.

Offsite Breeding Programs
The Colonial Spanish Mustang is on the critically endangered breed list of the American Livestock Breed Conservancy. In an effort to conserve the breed, the Fund now has two offsite breeding programs: Stallions are standing at Karma Farms in Marshall, TX and Mill Swamp Indian Horses in Smithfield, VA. If you are interested in becoming an offsite breeding location, please call us at 252-453-8002 or email us.


Contact us at (252) 453-8002 or e-mail our herd manager, Christina Boucher Reynolds.


Firecracker – Pending Adoption Fall 2014

On June 29, 2012, Firecracker was found with an infected umbilical cord. For fear that without treatment, and possibly surgery, he would become septic and possibly die, Firecracker and his mother were removed to receive veterinary care. After a thorough exam by the veterinary it became apparent that something was also terribly wrong with his mother. She was shortly diagnosed with Red Maple poisoning, caused by ingestion of wilted Red Maple leaves. Her health quickly deteriorated and she was humanely put to sleep.

Firecracker has made a complete recovery and is being fostered in Smithfield, Virginia. Firecracker was born April 28, 2012.

For more information on adopting Firecracker please see our adoption application and contact our herd manager at or 252.453.8002


Felix – Available for Adoption

Felix was removed with his mother, Flicka, on September 12, 2012 after he ingested fishing line and possibly a hook. He was examined by our veterinarian who did an endoscopy and carefully monitored him until he was out of danger.

Felix was born on May 25, 2012, he is a chestnut with a white star. He is very sweet and loves attention, and he is Amadeo’s pasture buddy. Felix is a small horse with a playful personality.

For more information on adopting Felix, please see our adoption application and contact the herd manager at 252.453.8002, or email

Rico – Available for Adoption

Rico was removed on July 16, 2012 with a fractured coffin bone and loose bone fragment. Surgery to remove the fragment only has a 10% success rate and a 90% of permanently crippling him. Instead of surgery, Rico’s lower right front leg was put in a cast for several weeks, and his status was monitored closely.

Rico can now put full weight on his injured right front hoof and trot without lameness. In fact, Rico is now fully saddle trained and can give rides to small children and small adults. He is in excellent physical shape, and he enjoys the company of people. He will let children pet him for hours at a time.

Born in 2009, Rico stands at about 12 hands and weighs about 670 lbs. For more information on adopting Rico please contact the herd manager at or 252.453.8002

Noel – Available for Adoption

Noel is a bay mare, taken from the wild herd in December of 2010. She was found in one of the man-made canals in the Carova beach area, where she somehow had fractured her femur and was unable to climb out. Noel was rescued and allowed to recover under veterinary care and observation. She was saddle trained at Mill Swamp Indian Horses in Smithfield, Virginia.  She is very sweet, and stands a petite 11 hands, making her an excellent horse for children and small adults.

For more information on adopting Noel, please see the adoption application located on the adoption page and call our herd manager at 252.453.8002.


Freedom – Adopt Me!

Freedom is a Colonial Spanish Mustang, and his name was chosen to reflect his birthday on the Fourth of July, 2011.   Freedom’s mother is Noel, whose picture and rescue story are also on this page.

At the time of Noel’s rescue, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund was unaware of her pregnancy, so Freedom’s arrival was an exciting surprise!

Freedom is saddle trained and has a calm and friendly personality. Please email or call the Corolla Wild Horse Fund for more information:



Creed – has been adopted 10/23/2014

Our wonderful Creed now resides in Asheville, NC with his new owner Jim Kelton and will take part in endurance riding. It was bittersweet to see him go, but we are very happy and proud of him.

Creed is a Colonial Spanish Mustang. He was born in the wild in May of 2006, north of Corolla. Creed is coming along nicely under saddle. He was trained at Mill Swamp Indian Horses in Virginia, where young riders enjoyed long trail rides with him, and he was praised for his athleticism and endurance. Herd Manager, Christina Boucher-Reynolds rode Creed in a competitive obstacle course challenge in which he performed admirably.

Creed stands at 13.3 hands tall and loves people.


Marta – Adopted

Congratulations to Krysta Rutherford of Smithfield, VA. Krysta and her family have adopted Marta (now named Katalina). Katalina will be trained with the help of Steve Edwards, Mill Swamp Indian Horses.

Flicka – Adopted!


ADOPTED Summer of 2013!  Her new home and family are in Kentucky!  Flicka is a beautiful chestnut mare with a flaxen mane and tail. She was removed from the wild because her foal, Felix, was in need of veterinary care.

Flicka has begun her ground training as is extremely sweet and calm. She is learning to lead, lunge, and pick up her feet. Flicka is 12 hands tall and will be an excellent  horse for a child.

For more information on adopting Flicka please see our adoption application and contact the herd manager at 252.453.8002 or at


Maria – Adopted!

ADOPTED Fall of 2013!  Maria and Carlos were both adopted by the same family, and their new home is in Tennessee!  It is reported that Tennessee pasture grass might just taste better than dune grass!  Carlos was born in the wild and found abandoned in the summer of 2013.  At the CWHF rescue barn, Maria and Carlos bonded quickly.

Maria was rescued from the wild with a severely lame left hind hoof in September of 2012. Maria is now fully recovered and has begun her ground training. She is learning to lead, lunge, and pick up her feet.

Maria stands at 12.2 hands. She has a kind eye and sweet disposition.


Tresie – Adopted

Tresie has been adopted and is moving to Westminster, MD!

Tresie is an 8 year old mare who was rescued from the wild in 2006 with a severely injured right hind hoof. After surgery and a cast for 6 weeks she recovered and is now completely sound. Tresie is very friendly and will make an excellent horse for a child or small adult. She has been used as a lesson horse and ridden both English and Western. Tresie stands at 12.5 hands and is a beautiful chestnut with a flaxen mane and three white socks. She is excellent with other horses, loads into the trailer, baths, lunges, and is very light on the bit.

Thunder – Adopted

Meet Thunder, a beautiful bay Colonial Spanish Mustang gelding, removed from the wild herd in January of 2012. Thunder is a handsome three year old born May, 2009. He stands at about 12.5 hands and is still growing. From January 30 to May 9, 2012, Thunder was enrolled in the equine technology program at Martin Community College. He is now started under saddle and has excellent ground manners. As of September 4, 2012, Thunder will be living in West Virginia with his new forever family.

Ash – Adopted

This is Ash, a two year old black Colonial Spanish Mustang Gelding, removed from the herd in January, 2012. He is an absolutely gorgeous horse with classic Spanish carriage, standing at 12 hands. Ash is currently being trained by our herd manager, Wesley Stallings, and is progressing very quickly. He now has learned to stand tied and for the farrier, load into the trailer, lead and lunge, bath, and much more! Ash is extremely gentle and loves attention.

Update: Ash has been adopted and now lives in Chesapeake, VA along with Solomon.

Solomon – Adopted

Solomon is a handsome bay gelding removed from the wild herd of Colonial Spanish Mustangs January, 2012. He was born the spring of 2009, stands about 12.5 hands, and is still growing. From January 30 to May 9, 2012, Solomon was enrolled in the equine technology program at Martin Community College. He is very light and smooth under saddle and has almost perfect ground manners. He will be continuing the rest of his training with the herd manager until he is adopted.

Update: Solomon has been adopted and is now living in Chesapeake, VA with Ash.

Bonita – Adopted

Bonita has been very happily adopted by Tami Thurston of Tarboro, NC the director of the Equine Technology program at Martin Community College and owner of Thurston Quarter Horses. Bonita has finished her training in the equine program at Martin Community College and has moved to her new home. She has made an excellent recovery from the injury she suffered in the wild before she was rescued and we eagerly look forward to following her progress as she finishes training in her new home.

Amorosa – Adopted

Amarosa has been adopted by Briana Apgar! We are so happy to see her go to her new home where she is much loved.

Manteo – Adopted

Manteo is a stunning black stallion adopted by Steve Edwards of Smithfield, VA. Manteo had a severe locking platella which required surgery from which he is now fully recovered. He leads an active lifestyle and has completed several trail rides consisting of 50 miles in one day.

Stormy – Adopted

We are happy to announce that Stormy has been adopted by Van and Donna Overdorff of Indiana, PA! He is going to an excellent home. Van and Donna are also the proud owners of another of our Colonial Spanish Mustangs, Curly, adopted in 2009.

We would also like to thank Nancy Talley for her time and resources in fostering Stormy until he could find his new home!


Edward Teach – Adopted

Kelly and Joshua Roche are now the proud owners of Edward Teach! Edward Teach was rescued from the wild herd after suffering a severe injury to the right side of his neck. He was nursed back to health with the excellent care of the Dominion Equine Hospital and Steve Edwards of Mill Swamp Indian Horses. He has made a wonderful recovery and we are so happy that he has found such wonderful adopters! Good luck Kelly and Joshua!