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Corolla Wild Horse Fund starts petition to removed barbed wire fence after horse dies


Photo courtesy of The Corolla Wild Horse Fund

COROLLA, N.C. – The Corolla Wild Horse Fund needs your help to protect horses on the Outer Banks.

The organization is looking to get more than 2,000 signatures on a petition to have a barbed wire fence removed or replaced with a safer option after a young stallion named Joaquin died from injuries caused by running into the fence.

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.

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  1. We should not have to corral animals that are meant to be free in the first place. Please remove this barn fencing. And replace with a much friendlier safer fencing if you must.


    • I encourage those who have commented above to visit the Corolla Wild Horse Fund website to learn about these descendants of Colonial Spanish Mustangs, their environment, conditions and CWHF’s dedication to their preservation. They live free (no barns- no corrals) among the sand dunes and beach of the northern most area of the Outer Banks of NC. The area is only accessible by 4 wheel drive vehicles because the beach IS the road. Please visit to support and learn about the highly threatened herd.

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