Here's your chance to do more than just ogle these national treasures from afar.

By Meghan Overdeep
September 25, 2018
Foster Wild Horses
Credit: Facebook/Assateague Island Alliance (AIA)

It's one thing to visit them and root for them during bad weather, but what the wild horses of the Southeastern seaboard really need is our support.

Having seen them ride out Hurricane Florence with preternatural grace, we're left with a renewed sense of awe for the herds of wild horses that roam our barrier islands. These majestic beauties are truly a national treasure, and they should be protected as such.

And here's your chance to do more than just ogle them from afar.

The Assateague Island Alliance's Foster a Horse program allows everyday people to become "foster parents" to the 60-plus members of the Maryland herd on Assateague Island, a 37-mile long barrier island on off the coast of Maryland and Virginia. In addition to helping fund Assateague Island National Seashore's wild horse management program, "foster parents" receive a deluxe padded folder with an 8" x 10" color photo of their foster horse, a detailed biography, a map indicating where their horse usually resides, an official certificate and a one-year subscription to the "Horsin' Around" newsletter.

Further South, the Corolla Wild Horse fund, which manages the herd of wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs that roams freely on the northernmost Currituck Outer Banks, also offers a sponsorship program for its famous equines. You can sponsor one or more horses for an entire year for a minimum of $75 each.

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Whether you choose to sponsor one for yourself or as a gift this holiday season, we can't think of a more rewarding cause than the preservation of one of America's most loved wildlife treasures.