With Hurricane Dorian bearing down on the coast of the Carolinas, some animal lovers have wondered what wild horses do during a major storm. Veuer’s Justin Kircher explains.
What about the ponies?
As Hurricane Dorian made landfall over North Carolina, Friday, the wild horses on the Outer Banks haven’t evacuated, as many of their human neighbors have.
In fact for 500 years, the horses have hunkered down and survived countless storms with “butts to the wind,” a wildlife group says.
“The wild horses are better equipped to handle a hurricane than most of us humans living on the Outer Banks,” the Corolla Wild Horse Fund said in a Facebook post. “They go to high ground, under the sturdy live oak trees to ride the storm out.”
According to OBXToday.com, about 100 Colonial Spanish Mustangs live on the beaches of Currituck County and have been for hundreds of years. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund works to protect and conserve the herd in the area.
Another group of 100 wild horses are managed by a state park and 50 more by private citizens, the Washington Post reported.
Meg Puckett, the fund’s herd manager, told OBXToday.com that horses have “institutional knowledge” and they often huddle, then turn with “butts to the wind,” to protect themselves.
The fund also has a farm in Corolla with 15 mustangs, the news outlet reported, and it said on Facebook that it had extra hay, grain and water to help the horses survive. Puckett planned to stay there, too.
“For all our local friends and neighbors who are staying, good luck, be safe, and remember…butts to the wind!” the fund said on Facebook.
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