The stallions in the picture have been fighting for a harem. The farthest one is fleeing from the nearer stallion. The horses would not have stopped for a person who was in their way.

The stallions in the picture have been fighting for a harem. The farthest one is fleeing from the nearer stallion. The horses would not have stopped for a person who was in their way.

Life gets in the way sometimes. We had planned on writing something about how great it is to see all those out of state license plates on our roads again, to see businesses bustling with people.

But then we came across a small news item that calls out to be reported.

A picture was posted of a woman in Carova walking up to one of the Corolla Wild Horses and petting it.

There is no way to adequately describe how dangerous and stupid that action was.

Why Petting One of the Corolla Wild Horses Is Dangerous

As the folks at the Corolla Wild Horse Fund pointed out in the Facebook post when they saw the picture, the horse the woman was petting was a stallion who had been fighting to keep his harem for a couple of days. He had lost them, got them back and then lost them again.

He was exhausted and frustrated.

Humans don’t always react well when they’re exhausted and frustrated. And humans aren’t 800-1000 pounds of solid muscle.

Here is something to always keep in mind about the Corolla Wild Horses—they are not gentle creatures. They’re not cruel; they’re not vicious. But when stallions are fighting for dominance they are not concerned about human safety.

Seeing these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat is one of the thrills that can only occur on the Outer Banks. But in enjoying that experience, it cannot be stressed enough—the horses are wild creatures. They absolutely are not the tamed domestic horses people are use to seeing.

Currituck County ordinances require people to stay 50’ from the horses. That buffer is for the protection of the horse and people. When in Carova, please respect that law.

And, don’t give them human food. They do quite well for themselves on their own diets. Have been doing quite well for 500 years.

Would you like to stay a bit closer to the home of the Corolla Wild Horses? Take a tour from one of the outfitters that specialize in Corolla Wild Horse Tours, and check out our Brindley Beach Vacations listings for Corolla.