these spanish "banker ponies" have lived on the barrier islands for over 300 years. they roam free, but are technically "feral" as they are descendants
of a domestic spanish stock.
with the discovery of the new world, spanish conquistadors brought the horses to carry them while exploring and in battle with the native people.
apparently, some of the livestock appeared on the outer banks with the vessel "tiger" ran aground in 1585.
its possible that many of the feral horses arrived here by accident, and some were brought on purpose.