From the Corolla Wild Horse Fund: RIP Lizzie 

By on July 12, 2021

Lizzie with her 2019 filly Rabbit (Photo credit: Corolla Wildhorse Fund)

About a month ago, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund posted a story about the challenging and successful effort to separate Lizzie from her young son Alex in order to treat her for a wound on the knee.

This morning, July 12, the Fund posted this unfortunate update.

“We have some sad news to share this morning. On Friday, at the recommendation of our veterinary team, we made the difficult decision to euthanize Lizzie.

Her condition deteriorated quickly at the end of last week, and on Friday it was clear that not only was the infection in her leg getting worse despite aggressive treatment, she was suffering physically and emotionally.

We’d like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the team of vets and other staff at NC State for their exceptional care of Lizzie. This was not a normal case, and they went above and beyond to work with us and our local vet to make sure we were doing everything we could to save Lizzie, while keeping her comfort and wellbeing in mind every step of the way.

Thank you to everyone who donated towards her care, sent well wishes, and asked about her over the last couple weeks. You helped us make sure Lizzie had the best chance possible, and for that we are extremely grateful.

Lizzie lives on in her two offspring, Rabbit and Alex, and her influence on the herd and our hearts will never be forgotten. Rest free, sweet girl.

(In case you missed the first few posts about Lizzie:




  • Rob

    This is so sad.RIP Lizzie.

    Monday, Jul 12 @ 4:11 pm
  • hightider

    Growing up, we just called them Banker ponies and we felt so sorry for their hard lives, drinking brack water and eating salt marsh hay. Cold in the winter and covered with black flies in the summer. Dying from infections, injuries, and snakebites. So sorry for Lizzie, but thankful that the Wild Horse Fund is there to watch over the herd and intervene when necessary. Had she been left to die on her own, her end would have been prolonged and excruciating. Let’s hope this season will be a safe one for the herd.

    Monday, Jul 12 @ 9:08 pm
  • Jimmy

    Very sad, but where is the Fund’s customary, passive-aggressive accusation blaming human interaction with the herd here? The lack of such a typical jab is jarring, and conspicuous via its absence, no?

    Tuesday, Jul 13 @ 7:01 am
  • Pat Kinney

    Are you people saving or killing these ponies. I have lived here for 46 years, part of that time in Duck. We would drive up Pennies Hill and see the horses but never would approach them. The people here now are ignorant and uncaring. We need Park Rangers here all the time to make sure that people are not feeding them or harassing them.

    Sunday, Jul 18 @ 8:04 pm