Rescues: The Series, Part I

Saturday morning, Motor Man, our friend, Donna, and I were up and heading south well before sunrise.

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Our destination was a little town about 90 minutes away in North Carolina.  The reason for our trip was an open house, hosted by The Corolla Wild Horse Fund (CWHF), the organization that manages “my” wild horses on the beach in the Outer Banks.

You may remember my post from back in the summer about William, the little Corolla foal, who was born with health issues and had to be removed from the herd when he was just a few days old.

The open house on Saturday was a chance for the public to meet William and other horses rescued from the herd.

William was definitely the star of the show, and I’ll share lots of photos of him later in the week. But there were other horses at the facility who have amazing stories of survival.

Meet seven-year old Noel, who had her hair done especially for the occasion.

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Noel was given her name when she was rescued around Christmastime in 2011. She had somehow fallen/jumped into one of the canals in the beach area and fractured her femur.

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Although she can never be ridden because of her injury, she is completely healed. Noel is somewhat of an educational ambassador for the CWHF. (The manager told me that she’d even been INSIDE their wild horse museum located in the village of Corolla).  Donna and I really enjoyed spending time with  sweet Noel.

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And I think the feeling was mutual.

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Another Corolla Mustang at the rescue facility is Sunshine.  She was rescued about two months ago when it was discovered that she had a very nasty abscess on one of her legs.  She is healing very nicely, and, since we had read of her rescue on the CWHF Facebook page, we were so glad to meet her and see her looking well.

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All of my posts this week will be about our wonderful experience on Saturday. And since Baby William was definitely the star of the show, I’m saving him for last. Oh, okay, I just can’t resist sharing one picture of him today.

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And  I can promise you there are many more to come…

~These Days Of  Mine~

13 responses to “Rescues: The Series, Part I

  1. I love seeing your adventures and learning a more about the world we live in. Thanks for taking the time to share with us these wonderful journeys that you take.

  2. Lovely story I am looking forward to seeing more pictures.

  3. What a wonderful facility and that they do the work they do. LOVE Noel’s ‘hair do’! Looks like it was the perfect day for all…..And Baby William.

  4. Great photos…..beautiful day……beautiful horses – that fancy braiding on Noel’s mane is really spectacular! William has a sweet little face!


  5. Looking forward to more pics of William !
    It’s great that there’s a group that does this kind of work.. it’s obvious they know what they’re doing – the horses look healthy and happy !

  6. I look forward to reading more!

  7. Such a wonderful facility, doing great things. Noel has a great stylist!

  8. Love, love, love this whole post!

  9. Oh Dianna. This was written so clearly and so wonderfully about the great work this group does with these magneficent, charming animals. They had been through so much and yet were so trusting and loving. You could tell they had been so loved and made to feel safe, they came right up to you and let you pet as long as you wanted. I loved every minute of the day and was so glad I got to share it with you and Motor Man. Can’t wait to see tomorrow’s installment!

  10. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    I agree with Donna, wonderful post. So glad you all enjoyed it together. Waiting for more!

  11. Thank the heavens for the CWHF and the joy of seeing the horses. William is a sweetie. Sunshine has a very sweet face.

  12. Aw, horse heaven, huh?? 🙂

  13. Love Noel’s hair. It’s nice to know the horses are well-cared for.

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