Birthday Adventure

You may recall that I mentioned Motor Man and I were going on an adventure for my birthday.  And, today, I’d like to share details with you.

Drum roll, please…. We went on a private tour with the Corolla Wild Horse Fund to see the horses on the Outer Banks. (As a matter of fact, I am obsessed…why do you ask?)

There are commercial horse tours available, but none of the money from those tours goes to care for the horses, whereas all the proceeds from tours given by the Corolla Wild Horse Fund go to help maintain the herd.

Our guide was a nice young man named Chris. He taught us so much we didn’t know about the horses.

db and chris

For example: there are a total of 119 horses in the herd. The horses receive medical care, and extensive notes are kept about their habits, etc. We saw a total of 73 horses, many of them on the beach, while on our tour.  Don’t worry, I won’t be sharing pictures of all of them.

horses  on beach

But this was perhaps the highlight of the day. As Chris was driving us to an area where he knew we should see a large number of horses, we spotted this stallion up ahead of us.


Chris commented that the path the horse was taking was leading to the area where we were headed. Suddenly, from the left, a foal darted out of the brush RIGHT in front of us. It’s scary to think that, if a car were traveling faster than Chris was, it would most likely have hit that little one.  Then, the foal just stopped.


Chris explained that this foal is about a month old, and is named Inocencio (Spanish for Innocent). He stopped because he had lost sight of his dad, and didn’t know where he’d gone. We could hear them whinnying.

Then Mom joined her foal, and led him to the path where Dad was.

mom and babe

It was great having Chris explain what was taking place right in front of us. By the way, he told us that birth control shots are given to the mares that are believed to not be good “mother material”. This is determined by watching certain traits with the harems. This spring, they’re expecting a total of five foals to be born into the herd.

mom and babe2

Not only does Chris know his wild horses, he also knows quite a bit about photography, and gave me some good pointers while we were together.

Motor Man and me –  at the Corolla Wild Horse Museum after our tour.

jr db horse tour

Thanks, Motor Man for my birthday gift. And, thanks, Chris, for a wonderful tour.

If you’re in the Outer Banks and want to learn more about the horses, we would definitely recommend taking a tour with the experts. Here’s the link to their web-site:

And we hope you’re fortunate enough to have Chris for your guide.


27 responses to “Birthday Adventure

  1. ~Sweet~ I can’t think of a better gift than spending the day with the horses. What a wonderful way to celebrate.
    I’m glad they monitor the horses so closely. Watching for the good parenting gene is probably what keeps the herd in tack and at peace.
    That colt’s adorable. It so huggable. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing your charming journey and lovely photos.

  2. The perfect gift for a beach girl who loves horses! Motor Man gets an “A” for taking you and you get an “A” for capturing that special moment with the horse family on the road/trail. It’s great that they keep tabs on the horses as closely as they do – they look to be in tip-top shape too – just beautiful!


  3. What a fun and thoughtful gift! Thank you for sharing your excellent adventure with all of us 🙂


  4. Thanks for sharing part of your adventure! It’s great to hear about this organization and how they are taking such good care of the horses. The foal is so cute. Really sweet how his mom comes to the rescue:)

  5. I’m sure I’m not the only one who is surprised at the care given to the ‘wild’ horses at the beach. Sounds like that would be a full-time job for several people. Great that you got to see the ‘family in action’! And who doesn’t love a foal!
    Thanks for sharing your adventure!

  6. June, I had to laugh as soon as I posted my comment. You had said almost the same thing at the very same time….only much more eloquently!! lol

  7. That sounds amazing. What a great birthday treat! That foal is just adorable!

    Nibbles, Nutty, Buddy & Basil

  8. Definitely a fun tour! Lucky you to have the little one come out and Mama nudge him/her on down to the right path. The best thing about this is knowing that the wild horses are being managed and that their health is being watched. 5 new babies.. 🙂

  9. Birthdays are special and especially this one. What a treat. Beautiful day, beautiful photos and beautiful couple.

  10. I am just speechless! What a perfect gift! I’m so happy for you! You know, I often hem and haw over whether to go on a tour – sometimes it seems like too much time or effort for some unknown reason. BUT, I never regret it once I’ve done it! It also really makes me happy to know these wild horses in this beautiful spot are being cared for so thoroughly. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  11. Very cool post Dianne! What a perfect birthday for you!

  12. What a special birthday gift!

  13. Oh my goodness, what a wonderfully perfect gift for you! I can only imagine how excited you must have been and knowing the money from the excursion goes directly to help the horses is also a blessing. I’d say you had one spectacular birthday, my friend! 🙂

  14. Now that was the best birthday present ever! Way to go Motor Man! It was interesting to read about the horses and see the innocent one. I would have loved to have witnessed all of this firsthand! What a great post! Thanks for sharing!

  15. I want a tour with Chris! What a cute young thang as you say in the south. You sure have a thoughtful husband that knows how to make you happy and we all know…happy wife, happy life! Good job JR!

  16. oh, this was perfect for you! love the mare and foal! glad to know they are closely monitored and cared for – and even ‘controlled’.

  17. An awesome trip, for sure ! I’m glad you were able to learn more about the horses you’ve come to love so much ! & a knowledgeable guide makes all the difference in the world ….. Happy Birthday again !

  18. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    What a wonderful birthday gift from JR. I am sure it was the right gift. The foal is so sweet and I love that the foundation is there to take care of the horses so well.

  19. What a great birthday treat — and so nice of you to share with us! It’s great to know how well the horses are cared for. Watching wild horses run must be an exhilirating experience!

  20. Thanks for taking us on your Birthday Adventure! Looked like a wonderful time and a perfect gift for a girl like you. 😉
    Good job Motor Man!

  21. What a wonderful birthday present! The wild horses are beautiful.

  22. Love this post! And I enjoy your obsession! I’ve learned so much about these beautiful animals…feel a little like I “know” them, and all your posts about the horses have put this destination on my travel list. One day! Good to know that they are being well cared for, even as they’re allow to remain wild and free. ~ Sheila

  23. This is so cool!!! What a great birthday gift 🙂

  24. Oh, I know this made your day! That little one is so cute! Love its name.

  25. mollieandalfie

    I would love a gift like that, I showed hubby the photo’s you took of the horses on the beach..just wonderful.. Would so much love to see them running free like the wind 🙂 Hugs xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  26. That was an awesome pictoral adventure! I was holding my breath at seeing the colt spraddle legged in the road listening for the whinny of his father. I have always loved horses and this was a wonderful day for anyone but especially a new convert to those that live and breathe horses.
    Just wonderful pictures!

  27. Mechanics Wife

    WoW! What a way to spend a birthday! Sure wish we had stuff like that in Florida! Awesome pictures!

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