A herd of majestic horses frolicking on the beach in North Carolina’s Outer Banks will not be evacuated to escape the approaching Hurricane Dorian. The colonial Spanish mustangs will use a trick horses have used for centuries to survive hurricanes by huddling together to ride out the storm.
The Corolla Wild Horse Fund, which manages the herd and sends out similar reminders during major hurricanes to allay concerns, said, “The horses will move to higher ground and gather under sturdy oak trees to shelter from the storm. They’ll likely ride out winds and rain as their ancestors did before them — in huddles, butts to the wind”.
Unlike human beings residing in the Outer Banks, these wild horses are better equipped to handle a hurricane and they’re already sensing a change in air pressure as they have begun grouping up together.
“Remember, they’ve been doing this for 500 years!” the fund stated.
Food, water, and other supplies for the horses have already been stocked up at the farm. They even have extra hay and grain with troughs full of water. The Fund said that the horses also have ID tags braided into their manes, and the herd manager will ride out the storm at the farm with them.
Jo Langone, the chief operating officer for the fund commented that the horses were in good shape on Thursday evening.
Forecasters said that more than 1 million people in parts of South Carolina and North Carolina are under mandatory evacuation orders as hurricane Dorian’s core moved toward the Carolina coasts on Thursday.
Despite the imminent dangers from such catastrophic storms, the 100 or so wild horses in the region are resourceful and possess an incredibly strong will to live, herd manager Meg Puckett stated during Hurricane Florence last year.