The Motherlode

Have you noticed the lack of horses in my recent posts? I know: we MUST fix that.  So, today, I’m sharing photos from our trip a couple of weeks ago to the Carova/Corolla area of the Outer Banks.

This time of year, when the wind is from the west, the flies are simply horrible for the wild horses.  To attempt to get relief, the horses head to the ocean.  And the day we went, we saw more horses on the beach than we’ve ever seen before.

Mile after mile, so many horses…

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As you can imagine, with that many harems- translated: that many stallions, we saw  more than a few dust-ups along the way.

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We heard talk that those two stallions were having quite the issue that day. Apparently one had stolen a mare from the other. One stallion seemed to take refuge in the water.

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We weren’t sure if he was in the water for relief from the flies, the heat or the other stallion, but it made for some interesting photos.

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We don’t recall ever seeing a horse out in the water that far or for that length of time.

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 Needless to say, I took photo, after photo,

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After photo…

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Some pictures just don’t need captions.

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We lost count, but we estimated we saw 70+ horses on the beach that day.  Yes, it was a motherlode.

~These Days Of Mine~

13 responses to “The Motherlode

  1. Always a joyous experience to see wild horses enjoying freedom and those waves of cool water! 🙂

  2. Amazing! Most I have seen on the beach! Surprised I did not hear your far away squeal of excitement! I worry when the horses get that far out in the water.Poor horses suffering that bad from the flies. Impressive, beautiful pictures!

  3. WOW…..that certainly was the motherlode. Your camera got a work out that day for sure…….and what a wonderful bounty of great horse photos you brought back. Loved seeing that stallion out in the water – whether for a swim or to escape!


  4. Wow! I love the action shots, Dianne…so beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  5. That has to be the most exciting beach in the world! I love your photos of horses in the wild Dianna. Thank you!

  6. Beautiful photos.

  7. Seems that horses love the beach in the summer just like us humans I suppose… 😀

  8. They certainly put on a show that day !
    Looks like the perfect spot for some relief down by the water!
    & yes .. great action shots ….

  9. Awesome. 70 or more, what a delightful way to spend the day. Great photos of the majestic beauties. 🙂

  10. Simply gorgeous! You must have felt like you were in heaven! 🙂

  11. Love these! I keep saying you need to publish a book of your horse photos…so beautiful! I would buy one, if you ever decide to do it! Love the images of the horse with the spray of the waves! ~ Sheila

  12. Yes! Quite the motherlode of fabulous pictures. Some of the most amazing I’ve ever seen. GREAT job!

  13. That one shot looks like water flying from the birdbath–only on a larger scale! That IS a lot of horses!

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