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.
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.
“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.”