Carolina's Wild Horses
Horses of Shackleford Banks (cont'd.)
best time to go to Shackleford Banks has to be October and November,
when it's still warm enough to be pleasant and the mosquitos are normally
no problem. Late April through May should be nice as well. Warm days
in the middle of winter can be as nice as October, but the summer
months can be pretty miserable with the heat. Of course, Spring can
be an interesting time when the horses become more territorial and
the stallions can be expected to be frequently at odds with each other.
This can make for some interesting photos, but you will need some
serious camera zoom, as you do not want to get too close when the
horses are being aggressive.
In the Spring
there is greater likelihood of seeing new foals as well, so that can
be another reason to visit in the Spring. No matter when you go, watching
these wild horses is a special treat. You will also see plenty of
birds as well. Often they will be mingling with the horses, especially
the White Ibis, who seem to like feeding where the horses have been.
An option to consider,
particularly if you want to get photos, is to hook up with an experienced
guide to make the most of your trip to Shackleford. You might check
out the Carolina
Footprints web site where Bob Decker offers workshops with guided
trips to Shackleford and Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve to photograph
the horses and birds.
However you choose
to visit, the wild horses on Shackleford Banks will provide you with
a memorable experience watching these wonderful creatures in their
free-roaming home on the North Carolina coast.
How Do I Get There and
See the Shackleford Horses?