Captain, the old Corolla stallion, dies

By on November 7, 2019

By Corolla Wild Horse Fund | November 4
Corolla Wild Horse Fund

“We made the decision to euthanize Captain, the old stallion we removed from the beach at the end of August. Captain was in his mid to late 20s and was suffering from emaciation due to dental problems. We were able to make Captain comfortable by flushing his impacted sinus cavity and floating his teeth, but unfortunately the hole caused by his abscessed tooth was getting bigger and bigger as Captain’s ability to eat properly improved. Because of his age and the state of his mouth our vet recommended that we do the humane thing and end his suffering, and we knew it was the right course of action. He was done fighting, and ready to let go.

Captain died safe, loved, and well-fed. He was one of the kindest, most gracious stallions any of us ever worked with. He helped us as much as we helped him; he was a ray of light after a long, difficult summer. We’re thankful for the time we had with him and we know that we made his last weeks comfortable. Of course we hoped we’d have more time with Captain, but we also knew that his days with us were numbered from the start. It’s a honor to be able to help an old horse pass with dignity and respect.

Run free with your ancestors, Captain. We love you very much.”

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  • Captain

    Despite all the outreach and education, it seems some people still aren’t getting the message not to do dangerous things around the wild horses in Corolla.

    The Corolla Wild Horse Fund is warning visitors NOT to approach, touch or try to feed the wild horses on the beaches.

    In 2014, a visitor to the Outer Banks snapped photos of a family with children climbing sand dunes and getting dangerously close to the horses.

    “I think it’s because our horses don’t run when they see people, people assume that they are not wild and that’s a very dangerous misconception,” Corolla Wild Horse Fund Executive Director Karen McCalpin.

    Currituck County adopted a civil ordinance in 1989 that makes it unlawful for any person to lure, attract or entice a wild horse to come within 50 feet of any person” and “any person to lure or entice a wild horse out of a wild horse sanctuary, or to seize and remove a wild horse from a wild horse sanctuary.” (Ord. of 12-18-89, pt. I, § 2; Ord. of 10-4-93, § 1)

    Additional ordinances prohibit the feeding, riding, petting or approaching an animal with the intent to feed. (Ord. of 10-4-93, § 3)

    Violating the ordinances is a civil offense that carries a fine.

    If you spot someone getting too close to the wild horses, you’re encouraged to Take Action and call the Currituck County Dispatch at 252-232-2216.

    Friday, Nov 8 @ 9:35 am