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Warm And Windy

Yes, it’s another post from our happy place: Carova, NC, home of the beautiful wild horses. I hope my readers don’t tire of kitty and horse pictures, because that could well be the end of my blogging days.

Sunday morning was dreary, cold, foggy and not the kind of weather for a drive on the beach. But, my Motor Man had faith in the weatherman’s forecast that the afternoon would be nicer.

And they were both correct: we saw sun and temps in the lower 70’s Sunday afternoon.

And, although the horses were few in number (11), the ones we saw provided us with nice pictures.

Sometimes it’s difficult to spot the horses; they like to spend time in the tall grasses. We happened to see five, all lying down.  We occasionally see one resting, but this many in one location is rather unusual…perhaps because of the windy conditions?

So beautiful.

It’s always a treat to see one of the younger horses. This is Castano, born last summer, and he is sporting a mighty fine winter wool coat and black “boots”.

We were so fortunate that he walked right by our vehicle. Such an unusual marking on his forehead. (Is a horse’s forehead referred to by different terminology?)

You know that I was just clicking away on that camera.

Did I mention that it was a breezy day?


Bye, Castano!

Stay safe, little one; hope to see you again soon.

~These Days Of Mine~





Beach Days…Still

Our local meteorologist mentioned this week that September was the warmest one on record for our area.  And October is continuing along the same lines.

So on our recent trips to the Outer Banks. we’re still seeing quite a few folks enjoying the beach.

As well as a couple of canines. This picture just makes me smile.

But, as you know, this also makes me smile.

This was a stallion and his mare.  Why, I do believe she’s curled her mane hair for this date…..channeling her inner Farrah Fawcett.

We also saw the stallion “snaking” her. On our tour with the Corolla Wild Horse Fund many years ago, our guide explained that snaking is the stallion’s way of herding his harem in the direction he wants them to go.

We didn’t really know what was happening between these two: we were just watching from the safety of our vehicle and taking pictures. They briefly put on quite a show for us.

But they soon worked everything out and were back down by the ocean, our favorite place to see them.

In the off season, the horses prefer the shelter of the thick brush behind the dunes, and we’ll see fewer of them on our trips. (Although there is video from a few years ago of them walking along the water’s edge during a snow storm.)

Just like humans, they prefer warm weather for their trips to the beach.

~These Days Of Mine~




Wilde Horsey Wednesday

*Edited:  The title of this post has been edited due to a trademark issue.

Today I’m sharing a few photos from our most recent trip to the Outer Banks to see “my” wild horses.

The first ones we saw were enjoying a lunch of sea oats up high on one of the dunes.

Further up the beach, we saw these two nose-to-nose.

Many of the roads were flooded because of recent heavy rains.  It may be that the water isn’t really that deep in some places, but since we don’t know for sure, we err on the side of caution.  That limits us to how much distance we can cover to look for horses.  So on this particular day, we only saw 14.

But, by far, my favorite picture of the day was this one, which I affectionately titled “Miss Tina Turner”.

“Maybe she’s born with it: maybe it’s “Neighbelline”.”

~These Days Of Mine~


Flowers, Gifts….And Wild Horses

Sunday, we had a full day of celebrating Mother’s Day.  Sundae and Gypsy each gave me a hanging basket. (Yes, it’s true.) Motor Man and I went out to breakfast with Marshall, and his gift to me was a nautical door decoration.

Motor Man and I then took his mom irises from our yard and treated her to lunch, a ride out in the country and an ice cream cone.

By this time, it was nearly mid-afternoon, and I thought we we would be heading home. Wrong. I should know my husband better than that.

His gift to me was a whirlwind trip to the Outer Banks to see “my” wild horses.

And, oh my goodness, did we see horses? Evidently they were all out enjoying the beautiful weather.

First, we saw these four beauties enjoying a meal up on one of the steepest dunes at the beach.  They were having a difficult time keeping their footing.

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We don’t recall ever seeing as many hoof prints in the sand as we did on Sunday.  Apparently there had been a horse beach party earlier in the day.  We were glad to see some of them still enjoying the surf. (How about that blonde mane?  And the coloring on her friend is striking, too.)

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I never tire of scenes like this. Seeing the horses down by the water’s edge is always a treat.

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It isn’t often that we get to see the horses running, but that was the case on the other side of the dunes.

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And, finally, allow me to introduce you to a celebrity of sorts. This is Gus.  Gus is a stallion that was brought to the Corolla area in November, 2014, from Cedar Island, NC in an attempt to begin strengthening the genetics of the herd. New blood, so to speak.  He is a descendant of the Shackleford Banks horses, and is a Colonial Spanish Mustang, as are the wild horses at Corolla.*

Gus was hanging out down by the water with his harem of three mares, when he spotted another stallion looking their way from the dunes. Gus went to take care of the situation.*

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The matter was taken care of in short order, and the other stallion retreated. Thankfully, no fighting was involved.  I could never choose a favorite of the pictures I’ve taken of the wild horses, but this would be high on the list. *

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It was a perfect Mother’s Day: time spent with family, followed by a trip to see “my” beautiful horses on the beach.

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 I am one fortunate girl.

*CORRECTION:  I have now learned that the black stallion was NOT Gus.  I will be also be sharing a correction on my next blog post.

~These Days Of Mine~