[VIDEO] New Foal "Renzi" Joins OBX Wild Horse Herd
by Jessie S.
April 5th, 2019:
Spring is finally in the air here on the Outer Banks and that means one thing – new beginnings. And what better way to start the season than with new life? Luckily for residents and visitors alike, we got to kick off Spring 2019 with a new addition to our beloved Corolla Wild Horse herd: a precious new foal named Renzi!
Corolla Wild Mustangs
The Corolla Wild Horses are a very unique herd that are descendants of Spanish mustangs brought over to North Carolina during expeditions in the 1500s. While there are other small herds descended from Spanish mustangs found on Ocracoke Island, the Shackleford Banks, Beaufort and Cedar Island, the Corolla herd has the largest population (between 110 - 120 horses) and draws visitors from all over the world every year who want to see these majestic creatures grazing in their natural habitat. Managed and protected by the Corolla Wild Horse Fund (CWHF), the horses freely roam the beach living off native vegetation like Spartina grass and sea oats. Smaller in stature than many domestic breeds, they range from about 800 to 1,000 pounds at a height typically under 14 hands. Although they are generally curious and docile, it’s important to remember that these horses are wild and unpredictable. For your safety and theirs, you should never approach or feed a wild horse. Learn more about the Corolla Wild Mustangs.
As the first new foal of the season, Renzi (pronounced “REN-ZEE”) was born on March 31, 2019 and determined to be a male. Each year, an average of 3-5 new foals are born to the herd annually but more are expected in 2019 due to the death or removal of 10 horses last year. Visitors to Corolla who are lucky enough to spot him will love seeing Renzi trotting through the sand and playing in the waves. Because the Outer Banks Wild Mustangs are such a gem to this area, being the first baby of the season already makes him special but to one horse lover, he means so much more.
Melissa Renzi is an awesome Outer Banks fan from Virginia whose bucket list included visiting Corolla to see the wild horses ever since she first learned about the marvelous herd. Because Melissa suffers from a terminal illness, traveling can be extremely difficult. However, thanks to the dedication and teamwork of her friends and the local Outer Banks community, she was finally able to visit Corolla last week to check off one of her bucket list items!
Coordinated by local area guide and CWHF volunteer Jeff Kelly, Melissa and her husband, Jim, had the opportunity to visit the Outer Banks for the first time and see the wild horses in person. Melissa's friend, Christy Miller, had first introduced Jeff to the Renzi's and even came down to surprise Melissa for the trip. Showing just how wonderful the Outer Banks community can be, local businesses came together to provide discounted lodging, meals for the family, a beach-friendly wheelchair rental and a very special wild horse tour. In honor and support of Melissa and her bravery through this journey, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund decided to name the first baby foal after her. In their Facebook announcement about the new foal, CWHF shared this inspiring message: “Melissa and Jim are already planning a visit back to see little Renzi in person! We are so grateful to everyone who put this special visit together, and brought Melissa and Jim into our orbit. We made some very good friends last weekend, and we will be forever inspired by Melissa's passion and strength.”
If you want to see little Renzi for yourself, be sure to book your next Outer Banks vacation. In the meantime, we’re excited to share this awesome video of Renzi! (Footage graciously provided by Corolla Beach Music).
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.