Young Northern OBX stallion euthanized after injuries

By on August 18, 2019

Corolla Wild Horse Fund

“We are devastated to announce the death of Joaquin, a young stallion who was well-known in the Swan Beach community. Joaquin was severely injured when he attempted to go through a barbed wire fence on USFWS property earlier this week. A good Samaritan spotted him Thursday afternoon and immediately called us. Upon closer inspection of his injuries, it was determined by our vet that his leg was beyond repair and the most humane course of action would be euthanasia.

We have feared this scenario since the barbed wire was installed several years ago. USFWS has been very sympathetic and responsive since the accident occurred and we hope that we’re able to come up with a replacement for the barbed wire that serves their purposes without endangering the horses. Meetings are already being set for the coming weeks, and we are optimistic for a positive outcome.

We know Joaquin was well-loved and our hearts go out to everyone who will grieve his passing. He was just four years old; a lovely young Banker with a bright future as a harem stallion. His loss is a major blow to the herd and will have an impact for generations to come. And we will certainly miss seeing him regularly. Rest free, Joaquin.”

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  • hightider

    The feds at work, making the usual bad decisions.

    Monday, Aug 19 @ 8:40 am
  • siren

    so sorry about the horse, Joaquin. I think more attention should be made by local government and not blame the feds. We have the power here.

    Tuesday, Aug 20 @ 4:21 pm