Press releases are issued annually describing the state of the herd during the reported year. These brief reports typically include the number of horses in the herd, the number of new foals, mortality rates, and the number of horses removed from the island and available for adoption through the Foundation for Shackleford Horses, Inc.
How well do the horses on Shackleford Banks eat? This two year, preliminary study addresses that question by examining both the nutritional content of various plants found on the island and the composition of the horses' diet, as determined by fecal content.
Reprinted from Journal of Equine Veterinary Science; Vol 31 / No 11; Shannon E. Pratt-Phillips PhD, Sue Stuska EdD, Heather L. Beveridge BS, and Mike Yoder PhD; Nutritional Quality of Forages Consumed by Feral Horses: The Horses of Shackleford Banks, Pages 640-644, Copyright (2011); with permission from Elsevier. http://www.j-evs.com/
How does the use of the PZP immunocontraceptive (one of two population management strategies) affect the social behavior of mares? This two year study found a significant impact on the number of harems visited and the number of harem changes by a mare that is or has received this contraceptive.
Reprinted from Applied Animal Behaviour Science; Vol 128 / Is 1; Jessa M. Madosky, Daniel I. Rubenstein, Jerome J. Howard, and Sue Stuska; The effects of immunocontraception on harem fidelity in a feral horse (Equus caballus) population, Pages 50-56, Copyright (2010); with permission from Elsevier. http://www.journals.elsevierhealth.com/periodicals/applan
Informal Updates with Photos
March 28, 2013 (pdf, 226 kb)
Profile of a 30 year-old mare and her young colt.
September 25, 2012 (pdf, 437 kb)
A milestone is reached: first horse known to live to age 30.
October 26, 2011 (pdf, 281 kb)
The final unaccounted for horse is found alive over a month and a half after Hurricane Irene made landfall. Also, the sixth foal of the season was born on October 20th.
August 23, 2011 (pdf, 103 kb)
A surprise foal and what wild horses do during a storm.