The Wild Horses of Corolla

          I have had the good fortune to see some of the Wild Horses of Corolla. The first occasion was during a storm. I heard something unusual, and when I looked out of the window of the cottage I was renting in Corolla, five of the Corolla Wild Horses were running through our yard to the next street where they headed north. They must have been disoriented by the storm.

          The second time was down the street from the forementioned cottage. There were three Corolla Wild Horses grazing in a lady's lawn. She allowed them of course, and invited us to see them. She told us that they are here for all of us to enjoy.

Wild Horses of Corolla Sign

          Finally, the third time I saw one horse grazing on the dunes in 4-wheel drive country. I was the luckiest person alive because I had my camera in my hand. I ran about a half of a mile up the beach, concentrating on exactly where it was that I had seen him, and yes, I found a Wild Horse of Corolla. He seemed very tame, but was not very cooperative for photography. Wherever I moved, it seemed he turned his head away from me. I was happy for any picture I could get. My dog, Mitz, was not so happy with this horse though, and found him only an object to be barked at. The horse simply ignored him and continued grazing. After I was satisfied that I had enough pictures, Mitz and I slowly returned back down the beach.

"Where are the Corolla Wild Horses?"

          "The horses roam freely in the wild approximately 15,000 acres beyond the ocean-to-sound fence two miles north of the lighthouse. Although sometimes seen on the beach, they are generally elusive and prefer isolated settings. During the last aerial/ground count in the fall of 1996, forty-two horses were seen."


Credits:

OUTER BANKS CONSERVATIONISTS, INC.
Currituck Beach Lighthouse
P.O. Box 58, Corolla, NC 27927
Permission Granted in writing September 4, 2000
Ms. Lloyd D. Childers, Executive Director/Light Keeper


          As a teacher, I teach my students that when a population reaches 300, it is endangered. When a population reaches 50, it most likely will become extinct. There is something you can do to help this historic population of Wild Horses. You will find an explanation on the "Wild Horse Adoption" page as you read on. I hope you will consider helping.

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