Video – Rare Wild Horse of Abaco in Need of Saving

Nunki is the last Spanish Colonial horse in the world...

The Spanish Barb horses are famous for their fiery spirit. The Abaco barb is rare for their unique coloration – including splashed white. There is now only one Abaco barb left alive in the world – a mare named Nunki. There is hope that by harvesting her eggs, the Abaco barb breed can still be saved. ~ HfH

From: The Bahamas Weekly

In 2007 and 2009 The Bahamas Weekly ran features on the wild horses of Abaco. At that time there were 8 remaining of the rare breed, the Spanish Barb who were said to be introduced to the Americas by Spanish explorers during the time of Columbus.

Nunki is the last Spanish Colonial horse in the world...

With what started as a herd of 200 has now reduced to only 1. Over the course of 40+ years there was a progressive reduction due to many factors.

In 1992 a woman, Milanne ‘Mimi’ Rehor discovered them and chose to dedicate her life to saving the wild horses. A crowd funding campaign has been launched HERE.

After hearing the breed was down to one horse, The Bahamas Weekly once again contacted Mimi to provide an update.

Mimi writes:

“During the last five years all but one of the Abaco Spanish Colonial Horses on Abaco have died. Apparently from livers destroyed by over exposure to pesticides and possibly to toxic plants during their time on a citrus farm. Definitive genetic testing has proved that they were Spanish Colonials, a breed that is considered rare, yet these were the horses that conquered the New World. They came direct from Cuba where Spanish noblemen had established horse farms right after Columbus’ voyages.”

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
7 Comments
  • Maggie Frazier

    Thinking of this mare all alone in the world – her herd gone – this is so sad. I give this woman credit for the attempt to save this horse & possibly bring them back. Doesn’t sound like the people there grasp how important these animals are.

    February 8, 2015
  • Daniel Cordero

    Sad. Makes me wonder if there will be a time in which American Wild Horses will be reduced to just one, the last of their kind, like Nunki. I really hope not.

    February 8, 2015
  • Daryl

    Thank goodness some one cares enough to do some thing to save the breed, bless her and hope the mare will make it well and she can do as she hopes to do with the eggs. People have to care or we are all domed.

    February 8, 2015
  • Sue

    Reminds me of the sad story of the last passenger pigeon, Martha. Seeing her always makes me cry.

    February 8, 2015
  • MS

    Even if Nunki is only “one” of her breed, the Abaco, who is left on the planet, I hope she is with other horses & humans who love & support her (by the way, she’s a beautiful sight) … it’s deeply saddening to know that she is the only Abaco left … thank God Mimi wants to change that & have the Abaco multiply … I wish her success. What’s more, I ALWAYS was (and still am) repelled by the idea of pesticides all over the place … it doesn’t make sense — you’re spraying poisons on food to protect the food, which I will be eating later after said food is harvested … PLEASE, allow food to grow organically & naturally — if there are nuisances like bugs, etc., choose something safe & NON-toxic — it’s a no-brainer! I believe pesticides & their ubiquitousness is cause of many severe health problems — I’m not surprised at all by this irony — the fact that it’s coming back to haunt us … just terrible! I feel terrible about the premature deaths of the Abacos — they surely didn’t deserve such a death, after all, it wasn’t their choice to use pesticides! It must be because they’re smart enough to know ….

    February 9, 2015
  • I can’t believe the thoughtless of these people who have killed these unique and wonderful horses! What a saint is Milanne Rehor

    February 9, 2015
  • arlene

    What a wonderful Lady Milanne Rehor is Please send to her donanations whatever you can all is a great help.. so she can help make the breed multiply, sad to know Abaco is alone in this world ,Named after 2 islands in the Bahamas, Great Abaco and little Abaco…….

    February 18, 2015