‘This is not okay’

By on December 29, 2020

(Corolla Wild Horse Fund)

(Corolla Wild Horse Fund)

This Dec. 28 Facebook post by the Corolla Wild Horse Fund issues a warning about human contact with the horses.

“Folks, this is not ok. These people are too close to the horses and they’re damaging our dunes. Both are illegal. If you are here for the week or visiting for the day, please be respectful and follow the rules. The horse in this picture is young, and easily habituated. We lost a yearling colt this summer because of behavior like this. Please don’t let it happen again. Here’s the Wild Horse Ordinance: https://www.corollawildhorses.com/…/wild-horse…

Please, please educate yourselves before you visit. We don’t often have to post reminders like this over the winter, but 2020 continues to throw us all curve balls.  (Yes, we responded but by the time we got there the people had moved on. If you witness this kind of thing you can let us know and also call Currituck County non-emergency dispatch at 252-232-2216.)”


  • Seal

    Start by increasing fines in the thousands and jail time !!!

    Tuesday, Dec 29 @ 10:36 am
  • Susie

    I have absolute support for Corolla Wild Horse Fund. Too many of these horses have been lost over stupid mistakes. As you drive Rt 158 into the Outer Banks, the signs that warn you about leaving the horses alone are all on the other side of the road. These warnings need to be placed on billboards tourists see coming in as reminders, not as they leave going home.

    Tuesday, Dec 29 @ 12:03 pm
  • Lee

    Take it from someone that lives here. THEY are TOURIST and could care less about the horses or the dunes. Why would you think anything different. Look at the number of tourist here this year during and pandemic that is killing thousands of people. They care about nothing , not even themselves. Welcome to the new USA {Underserving, Selfish, A**es

    Tuesday, Dec 29 @ 12:10 pm
  • Tri-Village

    They just keep on ruining everything peaceful on the outer banks. The wildlife can’t catch a break. I’ve commented earlier this year on the article about the young horses avoidable death. I agree with everyone in the comment section. I think a mandatory year in prison and a hefty fine should be the result of these ignorant actions . Trust me if it starts going around that you will pay $50,000 dollars in fines and do some time if you get too close, these interactions will cease to occur. Also would like to thank everyone for still flooding our home. I was under the impression that New York, Maryland , and Jersey were under strict no travel guidelines. Just curious why there are houses in Rodanthe with 10 vehicles in the driveway all from those states.

    Tuesday, Dec 29 @ 2:44 pm
  • hightider

    Susie – have noticed the same thing and always wondered why????

    Lee – have noticed the same thing and never wondered why – the tourists all live in places no one would want to visit, so they come here and ruin our home for us.

    Tuesday, Dec 29 @ 3:34 pm
  • Lou Briccant

    Prove its tourists know it all. I’ve been down there a dozen times and haven’t gave one care about seeing the horses… Its funny how only tourists do stupid things and everyone that lives there is so respectful and perfect.

    Tuesday, Dec 29 @ 6:22 pm
  • voidless1

    Nailed it Lee,
    Been here 20 years , I have weekly renters on all sides , unfortunately the selfish mentality gets worse every year. No ,I don’t depend on tourist $ .

    Tuesday, Dec 29 @ 7:01 pm
  • Stephen

    Also I understand about the horses 🐎 but the dunes really ? There are homes an roads built throughout the precious dunes. With septic tanks systems an everything else that goes with building a home. Walking on the dunes is not hurting them anymore than the horses themselves walkin on them. Which are an invasive species an not native to the area actually. I’m fine with whatever but let’s not be so hypocritical an use a lil common sense for a change. Im not trying to be mean I live here too.

    Tuesday, Dec 29 @ 7:49 pm
  • Bryan

    I would ask why this behavior happens but I know the answer is that people just don’t care. This year has proven how little people care about how their actions will harm others. In addition to that, elected officials really need to examine what is important. Even in an “once in a century” pandemic, tourism was having a record breaking season in beach communities. My state opened up the beaches and of course cases exploded.

    We did not travel to OBX this year because we are in a pandemic and there are only 18 beds for the region. It is selfish to potentially infected those that live year round and anyone we could interact with on our six hour drive.

    This group should not be allowed back, period. The small area left for the horses is their home, people should recognize that and the rules to follow.

    Wednesday, Dec 30 @ 2:38 am
  • sandflea

    I figured “its all about Lou” hating on locals would show up. Lou, just because you don’t go see the horses doesn’t mean nobody else does.
    The locals know better and don’t mess with the horses. This is pretty much a given. The I-Me-My crowd are the ones harassing the horses and tromping the dunes. Time for law enforcement to step up patrolling and handing out punishing fines. This crowd is only going to respond when you hit them in the wallet and maybe stick them in jail for a week or two.
    The selfish, entitled crowd really showed itself this year with the start of the bridge closing.

    Wednesday, Dec 30 @ 11:24 am
  • Susie

    The fines need to be significantly higher-what is it currently $500.00? When you pay the $20,000-40,000 thousand a week rental for many of these homes in Corolla, $500.00 fine is nothing. No land has really been left for the horses. This is why you see them wandering through the house in the 4 wheel drive area.

    Wednesday, Dec 30 @ 7:03 pm
  • OBX transplant

    It’s amazing to see all the locals getting completely bent out of shape and critical of people that have no idea about this… On the other hand it’s also ridiculous that these visitors don’t put a little more effort into learning about local issues… but honestly most people on vacation aren’t used to this environment and I’m sure most, not all, but the majority would have no problem respecting the rules. There should be some type of campaign to notify visitors from outside the local area about the how serious this is. Complaining here and running your mouth is not helping and just makes the locals look hypocritical and keeps the tourists ignorant and snobby… but I guess if the locals can’t stop looking down their noses at everyone that pays their bills it’s ok? Working together to educate would be better… every time you point your finger at someone there are three pointing back at you..

    Wednesday, Dec 30 @ 8:32 pm
  • hightider

    Visitors can’t even be bothered with obeying flags warning them of unsafe swimming conditions which is why people drowning or almost drowning in rips are invariably tourists. As far as “locals looking down their noses at every one that pays their bills” – only the poorest people – servers, cleaning services – and those who own hotels/motels/rental properties are dependent on tourists. For the rest of us, they are merely the downside of half of the year, like sand fleas or hurricanes.

    Friday, Jan 1 @ 1:16 am
  • Lou Briccant

    Yep, mean ole Lou with more common sense than you’ll ever dream to have back with more hate… you all love grouping anyone thats not in your local clique as ignorant and yourselves as high and mighty. Just like when you comment about the 99.8% survival rate pandemic.

    You’re perfect soldiers for the left, your opinion is the only opinion and sensible disagreement isn’t allowed. All those who don’t fall in line with your views are to be attacked as wrong and labeled with some vile tag.

    Friday, Jan 1 @ 8:07 am
  • Kit

    Lou – Why did you stick politics into it? It’s not a political issue!

    Friday, Jan 1 @ 10:00 am