Wild horses in the Outer Banks are beautiful, but don’t approach them

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COROLLA, N.C. – The wild horses in Corolla on the Outer Banks are beautiful, but a horse foundation is reminding visitors not to approach them.

WTKR reported that the Corolla Wild Horse Fund is warning visitors not to approach, touch or try to feed the wild horses on the beaches.

A visitor to the Outer Banks snapped photos last year of a family with children climbing sand dunes and getting dangerously close to the horses.

“I think it’s because our horses don’t run when they see people, people assume that they are not wild and that’s a very dangerous misconception,” said Corolla Wild Horse Fund Executive Director Karen McCalpin.

This year, two women posed for a “selife” with a wild horse that was posted to Instagram.

Currituck County adopted a civil ordinance in 1989 that makes it unlawful for any person to lure, attract or entice a wild horse to come within 50 feet of any person.”

The ordinance also prohibits “any person to lure or entice a wild horse out of a wild horse sanctuary, or to seize and remove a wild horse from a wild horse sanctuary.”

Authorities said getting too close to the horses could be dangerous. They said they want people to enjoy the beauty of the animals at a safe distance.

13 comments on “Wild horses in the Outer Banks are beautiful, but don’t approach them

  1. WARNING: Wild horses may crush smartphones with their hooves. 😄 But, for real, I agree. Harassing them or desensitizing them to humans can have negative consequences like removals and such.

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  2. Another point this story makes indirectly is the short distance between wild horses becoming accustomed to the sight of humans and humans accustomed to the sight and habits of horses to the point when the natural curiosity (seeking behavior described by Dr. Temple Grandin) brings the two together and the ease that then develops between the species. This helps explain how horses were domesticated in so many places by different people over time. This would be particularly true in areas where herds did not observe the predatory behavior of humans toward other horses.

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  3. I agree, Louie. There are many horses and burros that would love attention and brushing and hearing a soft voice and feeling a soft touch … but respecting a WILD animal’s “space” is a big part and the first lesson in appreciating a wild animal.

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  4. No what they need is to fed more and more water and med when they are sick,and shade and a place to get out of the driving rains and the snow and high winds.. Foals only have the shade that the mother throws on the ground. Wake up America the BLM does not care the government does not care..
    Join us in giving them what they need.

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  5. Right On Daryl…what they REALLY need is to be released BACK TO WILD where they belong…on their Legal Herd Management Areas.
    They should NEVER have been captured and removed in the first place.

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