The Abaco Barb, rarest of all horse breeds
Rare breeds that need our help
- The Abaco Wild Horse Fund, Inc.
Abaco, Bahamas, feral Spanish Colonial type horses, struggling to survive. Pintos, pacers, bays, roans, war bonnet pinto, ancestors from Columbus horse farms in Cuba, plenty to eat and drink.; Arkwild Inc. not for profit, working to save them. Gift
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The facts behind the terrible status of this very special breed of horse are not complicated to understand. Their decline to just FIVE is a terrifying reality but one that can be redressed and great efforts are underway not only to raise funds, but awareness of their terrible plight. Also a need to horse-educated people involved is a huge necessity. There are many well-meaning people, but those with knowledge are badly needed.
I have to report that i am very happy to say there are now 13 in the herd thanks to the very good works of certain individuals. This number is current as of june 2014!!
This tiny herd of feral horses is all that is left of the Colonial Spanish horses that include Spanish Mustangs, Spanish Barbs, Bankers Wild ponies,Carolina Marsh Tacky's and Florida Crackers. Their DNA shows high degrees of Spanish Barb Traits which include the unusual splash white gene, and these only remaining five hold the pure genetic lineage back to the Old Spanish Horses. This in itself makes the extremely special.
Amongst the five remaining horses is a young stallion who bears these beautiful white splashes, flowing mane and tail and bright coat that characterises this breed. They also have a large and wide forehead, strong, sturdy legs and compact bodies. But most importantly 2 traits which may just prove crucial to this tiny herd-: stamina and endurance.
The horses which are the ancestors of the original horses bought over on ships by the Spanish Conquistadors and other Spanish settlers had dropped down to only THREE by 1960. A number of Abaconians intervened and bought the animals in from the wild to a farm near Treasure Cay. Here the numbers increased to 35, but since 1992 they have been dying off . I believe this has partly been due to lack of knowledge and an inability to provide proper veterinary care when necessary. Stallions in particular died from wound infections from fighting. Mares sadly died giving birth and even worse some foals were killed by packs of dogs. Following this there was also a problem with obesity and no foals have been born since 1998.
In 2002 the horses were finally registered as Albacon Barbs , but by 2004 there were only 12 horses remaining. At the present time there are just the FIVE, three mares and two stallions and these have recently been returned to the wild forest, their ancestral home.