Into The Wind #15342

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The Story

After a quick rain at Corolla, North Carolina, these wild horses have come up walking along the surfline. The sand is very damp as well as the horses, and their manes and tails are matted with water. The hair blows and lifts stiffly.

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. The wild horses along the East Coast are thought to be 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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