Danny as a young colt with his mother. Photo, Bruce Wilkins

Danny as a young colt with his mother. Photo, Bruce Wilkins

Generally we try to report on the more upbeat and pleasant things that happen on the Outer Banks. But what we’re going to report on tonight is kind of sad.

Last week Danny, a yearling colt that is part of the Corolla Wild Horse herd died because someone fed him an apple. And he choked on it.

There is no pleasant way or nice way to say. Somehow someone who either didn’t know, didn’t care or was unaware of repeated warning about feeding horses, fed that colt an apple and he died because of that.

It was senseless, horrific and completely preventable.

The remedy is simple—do not feed the Corolla Wild Horses.

These are wild animals in the truest sense. They have adapted and thrive on the native grasses and vegetation of the Outer Banks. The horses do eat human food. They don’t come in contact with it and it is dangerous for them.

This is not the first time one of the herd has been killed by someone feeding them.

What is, perhaps, particularly troubling about this incident is in order to feed this horse, someone had to willfully ignore laws, warning and just common sense.

Currituck County has a low on the books that prohibits anyone from being closer than 50’ from the horses. In order to feed that apple to the colt, someone had to be next to the colt. And, as we mentioned earlier, ignoring multiple warnings about feeding the horses.

What we have described here does not give the full picture of the horror of what happened. To get the complete story go to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund Facebook page and see what they have to say.

The horses are such a beautiful part of the Carova area, but the herd is fragile and small. To lose Danny who represented the future of the Corolla Wild Horses makes the tragedy even more profound.

Please—take your camera…take your memories…but please, do not feed the horses.

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