Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Ocracoke Ponies

About a year and a half ago, WRAL, an eastern North Carolina TV station, broadcast a three-minute report on Ocracoke Island's pony herd.

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The history of our ponies (they are actually small horses) is somewhat obscure, but they almost certainly arrived on the island with 16th century explorers, early settlers, and/or as survivors of shipwrecks.

Click here to watch the WRAL video: http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/15814119/.

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is my analysis of a sentence penned by surveyor Jonathan Price in 1795. The sentence reads, "Occacock was heretofore, and still retains the name of, an island. It is now a peninsula; a heap of sand having gradually filled up the space which divided it from the bank."  You can read my analysis here: https://www.villagecraftsmen.com/description-occacock-1795/.  


  1. Anonymous8:50 AM

    Free the "wild" Mustangs of Ocracoke Island. Since 1960 the dwindling herd has been penned up to save them from traffic but serve as a tourist attraction. Free the Mustang but relocate them to live on the other OBX locations to roam free and run through the surf. Does it not depress a visitor to see them bored in a corral? I was unable to hear the 3 minute report as it did not load, I think the site could not handle all the traffic this post sent to the link.

    1. The Ocracoke Pony Pasture is 188 acres.

    2. Anonymous10:17 PM

      Well that's good to know. Other images on line show corrals and barns. These animals fare much better than the Wild Mustangs out West, as recent articles on line paint a picture of round-ups to reduce the herds.