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Memories of Wild Horses Brought Back To Life
Published on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 by

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When my parents built the beach house in 1980, there were herds of wild horses roaming the Outer Banks.  These horses were on a Spanish Ship that broke up during a storm long ago.  They made it to shore and soon adapted to the wild life on the beaches of North Carolina.

Sadly, our area became populated over the years, bringing cars that flew through the curvy roads despite the wild horse signs.  Dead horses on the road became a weekly sight.  Fortunately they were finally corralled and moved up the coast, kept safe by a long fence moving from land to the deeper ocean water.

My daughter has heard many stories of these majestic creatures, including the one where 20 appeared around our house on the morning of my December birthday.  But she has never seen one, except in old and dated photo albums.

Until this weekend.

Due to the red flags on the beach, we decided to go on a nature walk on a trail we have not ventured on before.  Under trees, around stumps, we marveled at spiders, mushrooms and Spanish moss.

And then we saw the horseshoe print.  And wondered.  “Someone must be riding a horse through here.”  But the branches were so low….how could that be?

We soon found out as we froze in our tracks at the site of a wild horse mother and her adolescent baby.  Stop!  Quiet!  Don’t make a sound!  What will mama horse do?  Should we turn around?  Can we take pictures?

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We quietly snapped a few, took a few videos and continued walking while giving the horses a wide berth.  They were still there as we walked back, giving us an opportunity for a few more shots.

People pay BIG money to see these horses on the beach on truck driven Wild Horse Tours.  But to run right in to one unexpectedly, in a place they don’t normally stay… mere words can’t begin to describe this experience.

Today I was able to bring my daughter back in time.  Back to a memory I have only been able to describe in words and pictures.  How many people are given that chance.

Outer Banks Wild Horses from shootmenowblog on Vimeo.

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  • First dolphins, now wild horses! How absolutely lovely and lucky and magical.

  • Wow! that is truly amazing!

  • Oh wow, wild horses still in this day and age. COOL!!


    • It was really unusual to see them so close!!! And in the maritime forest, no less. I did let the guy who is in charge of the herd know – they are protected and I wanted to be sure he knew they were there in case they were in trouble at any point. 🙂 It was AWESOME!

  • Katherine, that is such a precious experience. The horses are beautiful, and it is great you were able to get pictures and videos. It reminds me of being on Fire Island in NY, and seeing deer just roaming around. So cool!

    • Linda, were you nervous about ticks being there in NY where there is so much Lyme? I LOVE seeing “our deer” behind the beach house… we saw TWO BUCKS this past weekend too! I knew they were out there b/c there are babies… but they never show themselves. They are certainly beautiful creatures!

  • How fabulous! This post gave me chills, in a good way! Great post and photos!

    • I was was so stunned to walk right in to those horses. Thank heavens I had a camera, just so my daughter can remember. I was a little afraid of what the mare might do, but I think by now those horses are pretty acclimated to people. It is actually against the law to get a certain amount of feet close to them, which is good for both them AND the people. 🙂

  • You had me at “horses,” but to see them truly in the wild — Wow. Breathtaking. What a magical experience.

  • Anonymous

    i prefere to see horses in the wilds rather than in the street on a race track on a traning ground…
    they live quitely and dont harm anybody, just let them be like that…

    thank you for the post give a great feeling… 

    • I agree, it was amazing when the horses were free. It is so sad they were being hit by tourists!

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