27 Mar 2023
It’s spring and the Corolla Wild Horses have a new addition already.
Dove, a beautiful little filly, was born last week. Everyone who has seen her so far has reported that she looks healthy and ready to take on the world.
It’s a very good thing that there’s already an addition to the herd. This past year has been hard on the horses and, although it’s difficult to say with absolute certainty, for the first time in a long time, the herd is under 100 horses. That count may be off by a few horses, but it’s not off by much.
Because of that, it’s more important than ever to treat the herd with respect and caution. There’s a law on the books that say humans must remain at least 50’ from the horses. It’s a good law for a lot of reasons.
For a mare with a colt especially, have a human too close is stressful. If 50’ is too far away to get a good picture with a cell phone, take a camera. Or imprint the image in your mind…just do not get too close to the horses.
That’s for your protection as well. The Corolla wild horses are considered small horses, but that’s a relative term. They are still 700-900 pounds and are very strong and they are not domesticated animals.
The herd is important if, for no other reason, they add so much to Outer Banks life. But there is something else about them that makes these magnificent horses significant. Genetic testing has shown they are the closest genetic link to the mustangs of the Spanish Conquistadores.
There’s a lot of speculation about how they got to the Outer Banks, and they have been here for some time. But it’s all speculation.
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