Wild horses of the Corolla wild mustang herd fight on the beach for dominance.

Wild horses of the Corolla wild mustang herd fight on the beach for dominance.

Every once in a while we write about how important it is to give the Corolla Wild Horses room. By law, no one is supposed to approach within 50’. It’s a good idea to pay attention to that rule.

The other day the Corolla Wild  Horse Fund caught the action as a couple of stallions discussed boundary lines. As they explained it, “Acorn (the chestnut) and Rambler (the black) had a little discussion over territory today. Both of these stallions have large groups of mares, and their territories overlap. Every once in a while these boundaries and hierarchies must be reestablished. Neither stallion was injured – this is natural behavior that indicates a healthy herd.”

When stallions are fighting for dominance, territory or mares, the action can become intense…and violent. It’s not that the horses are mean or vicious—it is simply their natural behavior when in the wild.

It’s important to keep in mind that when they are having their disagreements, if a human gets in their way, they will run right over them if it gets violent enough. Not intentionally but whether the horse means to or not, the result is going to be the same.

When they are in a dominance fight, it’s pretty intense and tense time. Both horses are focused on one thing and one thing only—who is the biggest and best fighter.

There are other reasons as well for not getting too close to the herd.

We’ve written a number of times about how dangerous human food is for wild horse, and in the last five or six years at least two horses have died horrible deaths because people fed therm.

Something else to think about. A person approaching a colt may think they are doing so with kindness and an open heart. The 700-800 pound mare that gave birth to the colt may have a different opinion on the matter.

Taking a wild horse tour is a wonderful and safe way to check the herd out. And it’s just one more reason to stay with Brindley Beach Vacations when visiting the Outer Banks.