The wild horses of the Corolla herd have managed to figure out how to get around the fence that was keeping them from getting to the green, green grass of Corolla.
For years a fence running from Currituck Sound to the Atlantic Ocean have kept them in the 4WD area of Carova. It seems, though, that the fence has some damage on the ocean side, and the horses figured out pretty quickly that they could get around the fence by wading in the ocean.
So, every day for the past few days, according to the folks at the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, they find the horse that have wandered south, round them up and take them back to Carova. They do have some help from volunteers.
It is kind of a comical situation in a way. But it does have some very serious implications.
Wild Horse Protection
That fence was put there for the protection of the horses. It’s been in place for about 10 or 12 years. Before that the herd roamed throughout Corolla. Sounds idyllic, except for the cars.
The year before the fence was completed, five horses lost their lives in encounters with cars.
There are still occasional horse and care collisions—and it doesn’t end well for the horse when that happens. But nothing at all like what was happening before the fence was installed.
A contractor has been hired to repair the fence but is waiting for a strong west wind to push the water away from where the repair has to be made.
The Corolla Wild Horses have been shown through genetic testing to be direct descendants of the Spanish Mustangs of the Conquistadores. It’s quite a mystery how they got to the Outer Banks, although there are a number of theories that could explain it.
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