With all the talk about Hurricane Florence the past few days, I received a phone call today about the wild horses of Ocracoke Island. The gentleman on the phone was concerned about just exactly what would be done for the horses. Oddly enough I had just moments before read a quick article about the horses. After telling him what I knew, I thought maybe others would be interested also……
These wild horses were tough enough to survive abandonment and shipwrecks of explorers in the 16th century, according to research from the National Park Service. So, they are not going anywhere.
You see the horses are probably better equipped to survive something like this than humans. In fact the experts who care for them say they have weathered hurricanes before, and never died in flooding. In all the years that the island has experienced hurricanes they only know of one time a horse was lost during a storm, and that was from being hit with flying debris from a barn. They can get by on instinct and a little extra hay.
The Corolla Wild Horse fund has addressed the safety of the horses on their Facebook page this week, saying: “the horses have lived on this barrier island for 500 years, and they are well equipped to deal with rough weather, they know where to stay high and dry and are much better off without any help from us, anything we might do in hopes of ‘protecting’ them would probably end up being more dangerous and stressful for them than the storm”
No need to be overly concerned about the Banker ponies, they know how to weather a storm.