Evening Surf Walk #15337

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The Story

On a beautiful May day as evening begins to gather at Corolla, North Carolina, these wild horses have come up along the surfline. The sand is very damp and the ocean has washed quite a bit onto the sand today, and the waves have left thin wet washes of water lying on the sand to reflect the blue sky above.

One can only imagine how many moons have gone by with this repeated evening scene of wild horses on the beach repeated. They’ve been here a long time; it’s a recurring life cycle through time for these animals. It is thought the wild horses along the East Coast are descended from shipwrecked Spanish horses in the 1500s. They may also be descended from runaway farming horses, or both ways. Who knows? The question of where these “banker ponies” came from will likely never be resolved; it’s a mystery no one has the answer for.

Today, these wild horses are protected by the state of North Carolina and they live inside the Currituck Wildlife Refuge. They are fenced in at both ends of the reserve but the wild ponies can roam freely within, even down the sand streets of Corolla amongst the houses.

Location: the evening ocean edge near Corolla, North Carolina, in the Outer Banks. Picture and story © Andrew Dierks

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