Category Archives: OBX Wild Horses

Rainy, Sunny Sunday

Motor Man and I hadn’t been to the Outer Banks for a few weeks, so even though yesterday’s weather forecast was iffy, we took a chance.

And we had a very interesting day.  First we had menacing clouds over the ocean.

But, then we had some blue sky.  There would be rain, then some sun, then rain again, then sun again.

We saw fourteen horses. Not a huge number, but not too shabby for this time of year.

Something had this handsome guy’s attention.

And, after a very changeable weather day, we came home to this amazing sunset.

The weather: it was a-changing…all day.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

Raymond: Relocated

Most of you recall my mentioning Raymond, the mule, from Carova Beach, many times here on the blog.

Among the herd of 75-100 wild Spanish Mustangs in Carova, Raymond is the only mule.  It’s estimated that he’s in his twenties.

Raymond has become quite the celebrity, and everyone loves seeing him when they visit the beach.

Last Sunday morning (Sept. 29), Motor Man and I were on our way to Carova, and as we were driving through the village of Corolla (prior to  the 4-wheel-drive beach), we saw a horse trailer. That’s not something you normally see in a beach town.  And then I noticed a sign on the trailer:  Corolla Wild Horse Fund.  So we knew something was going on….

As it turns out, Raymond and his harem have been escaping the 4-wheel drive area and grazing in the village of Corolla.  This is not good for several reasons. The folks driving in Corolla are not expecting horses (or a mule) to be walking in the street.

Plus, the pavement is not ideal for their hooves, Raymond’s especially.

The reason they’ve been leaving the beach is because their area has been flooded since Hurricane Dorian. So they’re looking for food, and the well manicured lawns in Corolla have provided them plenty of options.

Sadly, Raymond’s hooves were in such bad shape that CWHF made the difficult decision last Sunday morning to remove him from the beach.

He’s now a resident of the CWHF rescue farm. And he seems to be adapting nicely.  Their  Facebook page has provided many in-depth updates on Raymond. His fans all greatly appreciate being kept informed about this beloved old mule.

Corolla Wild Horse Fund photo

So, CWHF has had quite the expenditures recently to (quickly) build a fence to contain Raymond (he’s VERY stubborn and and quite the escape artist), as well as reinforcing the walls in his shelter and providing a nice soft, sand floor for his hooves.

The Fund is a 501 C-3 non-profit, and  if you’d like to donate to help out a good-ol’-boy mule named Raymond, here’s the link:

Support the Horses

Corolla Wild Horse Fund photo

And Raymond says: “thank ya”!

~These Days Of Mine~

 

And The Winner Is!

You may recall my blog post back in March where I announced a giveaway regarding the Corolla Wild Horse Fund 2020 calendar photo contest. The link to that post is here.

And….I am honored, once again, to have had TWO of my photos chosen for next year’s calendar.

This will be the June, 2020 photo (appropriate, since my birthday is in June):

You may also recall my post from a couple of weeks ago in which I sadly noted that the horse in the above photo was Joaquin. Joaquin was recently injured when trying to cross through a barbed wire fence and had to be euthanized because of those injuries. The 2020 calendar was already being printed at that time.

And this will be the November, 2020 photo:

So, for those of you who left a comment on my blog post choosing one of these photos, I assigned a number to your name and asked Motor Man to randomly select a number.

The winner will receive this little “prize package”, which includes a key chain, a packet of “Sandy Hooves” tea (by ‘Tea By The Sea’), the 2020 CWHF calendar,  a CWHF mug, postcard, and a black stallion magnet, all purchased at the Corolla Wild Horse Museum in Corolla, NC.

And the winner of this giveaway is: Joyce F in Kansas. I have notified Joyce by email that she is the winner.

Thank you to all my readers who participated. I’ve already started selecting possible photos for the 2021 CWHF calendar.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

To “Tide” Us Over

As I mentioned in Monday’s post, although the Outer Banks wasn’t hit directly by Hurricane Dorian, they still had lots of rain, strong winds and high tides. Friends of ours who live in the area have posted pictures of the roads in the 4-wheel-drive area.  Motor Man and I have decided that we will wait a while before we go back to visit.

So, I’m looking back on recent photos of “my” wild horses to pass the time until we can return.

And today, I’m featuring Raymond, the mule.  Yes, among the herd of between 75 and 100 wild horses, there’s one mule.  Raymond.  And everyone loves him.

His exact age isn’t known, but he’s been there a LONG time. Raymond’s the one on the far right.  Can you see his ears?

Here’s a close-up:

As far as everyone can tell, Raymond is a happy mule.  He’ll have a harem of mares, then lose them to a stallion, then steal another harem.  He’s quite the scrapper when it comes to fighting with those stallions. We’ve witnessed that in person.

So I suppose you could say that he blends right in with the herd.

We were happy to see photos posted of Raymond taken after the hurricane and know that he survived just fine, as did the horses.

Hang on, Raymond, we’ll be back to see you and your buddies as soon as possible.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

Joaquin

The Corolla Wild Horse herd suffered another tragic loss recently.

This was posted on the Corolla Wild Horse Fund Facebook page on August 17:

We are devastated to announce the death of Joaquin, a young stallion who was well-known in the Swan Beach community. Joaquin was severely injured when he attempted to go through a barbed wire fence on USFWS *  property earlier this week. A good Samaritan spotted him Thursday afternoon and immediately called us. Upon closer inspection of his injuries, it was determined by our vet that his leg was beyond repair and the most humane course of action would be euthanasia.

We have feared this scenario since the barbed wire was installed several years ago. USFWS has been very sympathetic and responsive since the accident occurred and we hope that we’re able to come up with a replacement for the barbed wire that serves their purposes without endangering the horses. Meetings are already being set for the coming weeks, and we are optimistic for a positive outcome.

We know Joaquin was well-loved and our hearts go out to everyone who will grieve his passing. He was just four years old; a lovely young Banker with a bright future as a harem stallion. His loss is a major blow to the herd and will have an impact for generations to come. And we will certainly miss seeing him regularly. Rest free, Joaquin.

(*USFWS: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

This was one of the photos CWHF shared with that post:

Corolla Wild Horse Fund photo

This is particular heartbreaking for me.  You may recall this photo from 2015. The foal is Joaquin. I submitted this to the CWHF calendar contest, and it was chosen to be in the 2017 calendar.

A few months ago, I shared a blog post with photos I submitted for the CWHF 2020 calendar. (More about that in weeks to come.) This was one of the pictures:

Yesterday, while speaking with a CWHF volunteer/staff member at the beach, I learned that this, too, was Joaquin. I hadn’t realized…..

Run wild and free, sweet boy, where there are no barbed wire fences.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

Sadness On The Beach

Over the weekend, the Corolla wild horse herd suffered a loss.

A mare ran headlong into an unmarked guy wire.  It is believed that she died quickly from her injuries.

She had given birth to a foal in March, the second-born of this season. The foal was given the name Rosie. What’s especially touching to Motor Man and me is that we saw Rosie and her Mom in April. When I took this picture, they were up near one of the sand dunes. It was close to sunset, so they had a little golden hour glow.

We saw them a short time later, and they were by the water’s edge.

There have been a couple of  posts regarding this tragic incident on The Corolla Wild Horse Fund Facebook page. That is the organization who oversees the wild horse herd. They posted that  Rosie is old enough to survive without her mom. She’s been observed eating and drinking water, and the other mares in the harem are staying near her. At this time, there are  no plans to remove her from the beach, but they’re certainly keeping close check on her.

They also reported that the power company was notified, and on Monday, they immediately began marking the guy wires in the area that weren’t already marked.

Run wild and free on the other side, beautiful Mama.  Your little Rosie is being watched over here by humans and horses alike.

~These Days Of Mine~

Something Has Been Missing

Perhaps you’ve noticed…. I haven’t had any recent posts about the Corolla Wild Horses.

So today, I’m remedying that situation.  These are pictures from one of our recent visits.

The beach was packed with folks enjoying perfect weather.  And the horses were enjoying the beach, too. I took quite a few pictures of one of the five babies born (so far) this year to the Corolla herd.

Mom and baby were running from the dune to the water’s edge when I took this:

The little one was so interested in the surf.

I think he may have even taken a drink.

Then he suddenly started running – this picture gives you an idea of what it’s like on the beach: people, beach chairs, umbrellas, vehicles, dogs, children….and wild horses right in the mix.  You really have to be on constant alert when you’re driving on the beach.

Ah, the family enjoying some time by the water.

Looking over my photo gallery, I can assure you that I’ll be writing more posts about the wild horses soon. There are some fun pictures just waiting to be shared.

~These Days Of Mine~