New Corolla Wild Horse Foals of 2019
by Jessie S.
Here at Seaside Vacations, we love the Corolla Wild Mustangs and so do our guests! Earlier this year, we held a contest where our guests sent in photos of their favorite #OBXmoments. We had almost 800 entries and when we separated the frequency of the entries into categories, we learned that our guests love three things: their families, their dogs, and the Corolla Wild Horses! Lucky for all of us, 2019 is the year of many new additions to the herd and we’re excited to learn about each new foal as they are born.
The population of the Corolla Wild Horse herd should always be somewhere around 110 to 120 horses – enough to maintain the herd but prevent overcrowding. In 2018, ten horses were lost - some who were rehomed from the wild to the rescue farm and some who passed away, including beloved and well-known horse Roamer, who was considered ambassador for the herd and the face of Corolla Wild Horse Fund billboards. Every year, approximately 3-5 new foals are born to the herd but to make up for the deficit from 2018, the herd will likely see more foals this year. Although the season is still early, we already have two new foals as of April 10th with more on the way! In order to keep track of all the foals born in 2019, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund (CWHF) has determined that each new foal will receive a name that starts with the letter "R". Here are the new Corolla Wild Horse foals of 2019 (listed from newest to oldest):
May 13, 2019: A new male joins the herd--Riptide! If you're on the 4x4 area, look for him striding along the beach!
May 2, 2019: What a wonderful Spring surprise! Baby #4 was spotted on the beach yesterday during a tour in Corolla! Gender is still to be determind and no name yet. Here are a few shots of some of the new foals:
April 29, 2019: You heard it right - we've got a third baby! A precious male foal was born over the weekend joining the other two foals in the wild Corolla herd! (back to the top)
This little fellow has a little white star-shaped marking on his head and can be seen running about the beach.
Although he has been identified as a male, a name has not yet been officially designated. We will update as soon as we get more information!
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It's believed Rosie may have been born sometime in late March like Renzi. If you're in Corolla, be sure to keep your eye out for Rosie as she explores her new home with the rest of the herd.
CWHF stated that Rosie was named in honor and memory of Roamer, who sadly died in December last year from colic.
Check out a video and learn more about Renzi here. Melissa thankfully got to visit the Corolla herd around the same time Renzi was born and the Corolla Wild Horse Fund knew the name was a perfect fit. Melissa is already planning to return soon to hopefully get a glance at the new foal that shares her name! (back to the top)
See the Horses for YourselfWe understand why you'd want to see these incredible wonders for yourself! While we definitely think seeing the Corolla Wild Horses is something everyone should experience when they visit the Outer Banks, it is important to remember a few rules. These regulations are set to protect the horses and to keep humans safe. Although the horses may wander close by, they should never be approached:
1) It is illegal to come within 50 feet of a wild horse (or to entice or lure them to you). Horses who become too used to humans have to be removed from the wild herd and taken to a farm in order to protect that horse and the rest of the herd.
2) The horses could harm you. No matter how well you know how to interact with domesticated horse breeds, these majestic beasts are wild and therefore, unpredictable. It isn't uncommon to see two horses fighting on the beach or running very quickly. These animals are swift, strong, and range from about 800 to 1,000 pounds and may kick when they feel threatened. Even by maintaining the 50-foot ordinance, the position of running horses changes quickly and so they should always be observed at a safe distance.
3) NEVER feed a wild horse. The Corolla horses survive on a diet of vegetation native to the area. Fruits, vegetables and other snacks that are harmless to domestic breeds could make the wild horses extremely ill. This illness, known as Equine colic, is a potentially fatal digestive disorder that occurs when wild horses consume food sources that their digestive system is not equipped to digest properly.
As long as you respect the wild horses and remember these important rules, a trip to see the Corolla wild mustangs should definitely be on your next itinerary. If you want to stay up to date on all of the new foals this year, we will continue to update the article with each new birth so don't forget to bookmark this page! Click the button below to find the perfect vacation rental in Corolla so you can come see these awesome new foals of 2019 for yourself:
*All images were provided courtesy of Mr. Jeff Kelly, Seaside Vacations Guest Services Representative
Jessie has been coming to the Outer Banks since she was just 5 years old. She loved it here so much that she finally relocated in 2018. Now her mission is to show the world that the Outer Banks is an incredible place that everyone should experience. When she isn't working, you can find Jessie hanging out with her friends, chilling at home with her awesome cat, Yoji, or discovering a new Outer Banks adventure.