Outer Banks’ Wild Horse Herd has Survived 500 Years of Storms

Posted by Christy Caplan
Outer Banks Horses
Facebook/Corolla Wild Horse Fund

These wild horses just put their butts to the wind! No, we're serious. This is a technique they use to get through the hurricane-force winds! If you're not familiar with these horses on the Outer Banks in North Carolina they are magnificent!

All the horses on the Outer Banks are wild and roam freely. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund's entire mission is to protect and preserve the last remaining herd of Spanish Mustangs on the northern Outer Banks. The Colonial Spanish Mustang is on the Critical Breed list of the American Livestock Conservancy and on the Critical list of the Equus Survival Trust.

Now that we have a mass evacuation of North Carolina's Outer Banks for Hurricane Dorian we quickly learned that this will not include the herds of wild horses on the barrier islands.

"The herds, which include awkward foals born in the spring, are destined to fend for themselves as the Category 2 hurricane whips the islands with storm surge, inches of rain and possibly tornadoes."

This is the statement from the Facebook page:

"The wild horses are better equipped to handle a hurricane than most of us humans living on the Outer Banks. They go to high ground, under the sturdy live oak trees to ride the storm out. Remember, they've been doing this for 500 years!

At the rescue farm, final prep is being completed now. We have extra hay and grain, have filled up troughs with extra water (and we do have a generator to run the well pump should we lose electricity), the horses have ID tags braided into their manes, and the herd manager will be riding out the storm at the farm with them."

They huddle together with the butts to the wind!

The wild horses are better equipped to handle a hurricane than most of us humans living on the Outer Banks. They go to...

Posted by Corolla Wild Horse Fund on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Apparently these herds typically survive the storms without any deaths reported.
The herd manager is making final preparations and we all hope North Carolina's wild horses make it through this rough weather this week. There will be powerful category 2 winds and we pray the weather changes don't increase the category level and it moves quickly out to sea later this week.

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Outer Banks’ Wild Horse Herd has Survived 500 Years of Storms