Corolla Wild Horse Fund announces passing of Daisy

By on December 5, 2023

Photo of Daisy (also known as Snowcone). (Corolla Wild Horse Fund)

This sad news was posted by Corolla Wild Horse Fund on the afternoon of December 5.
Corolla Wild Horse Fund

On the evening of October 14th, we received a call about a horse that had been behaving abnormally for about a day, and had gone down and seemed unable to get up. Our staff responded and found 25-year-old Daisy (also known as Snowcone) indeed unable and/or unwilling to stand up and move. Based on multiple factors (the late hour, the weather, the fact that it would be unsafe to trailer Daisy in that state, and the fact that she was in a very safe and secure location) our veterinarian advised that we administer pain medication and then reconvene on-site first thing in the morning to reassess.

On the morning of October 15th, CWHF staff, along with our veterinarian, returned to the site and found Daisy standing, though still not particularly stable. We were able to easily capture her, and our vet administered more pain medication before we loaded her onto the trailer to bring her to the farm for further treatment. She made the trip quite well. Daisy was presenting with a variety of symptoms that could have been caused by any number of things, so our vet drew blood to start the diagnostic process and we got her as comfortable as possible while we waited for more answers. However, during the night Daisy passed away quietly on her own.

The following morning we took Daisy’s body to the state lab in Raleigh for a necropsy. Findings indicated chronic cardiac and liver changes along with several other conditions indicative of old age. Nothing else was found to suggest acute illness, communicable disease, toxicity, or anything else along those lines.

Daisy was one of the more well-known horses on the beach because she was a part of Raymond the mule’s harem for years until he was brought to the farm in 2019. Her distinctive blaze made her recognizable, and was how she got the name Snowcone. She was big and bossy – a chestnut mare through and through. She had to be to keep Raymond in line. We know she had multiple foals over the years, and now that we have her DNA we’ll be able to identify any offspring of hers still in the wild. Daisy certainly lived and died on her own terms, but we’re glad that we were at least able to make her last few hours pain-free. She also got to see her old friend Raymond one last time.

We’d like to extend a very special thank-you to the Conns for calling about Daisy and being so kind and supportive throughout this difficult situation. Daisy (and the rest of the horses) are lucky to have people like the Conns in their corner. We are so grateful.

Rest easy, Daisy.


To learn more about Corolla Wild Horse Fund or to donate visit their website and follow them on Facebook.

 



Comments

  • God rest her soul

    After being chased around and harassed by hundreds of wild horse tour trucks for 25 years Daisy can finally have some peace. God rest her equine soul.

    The Corolla Wild Horse Fund press release ends with their standard plea for donations from the gullible public. But before donating to this “non-profit” the public should be provided with full disclosure.

    The Horse Fund and the horse tour companies have jointly created a very lucrative arrangement. The Horse Fund has annual revenues of nearly $1,000,000 per year and pays employees over $400,000 per year in salaries and benefits. The Horse Fund currently has net assets of over $1,000,000. The horse tour companies gross millions of dollars per year.

    Bob White who owns the largest horse tour companies is also the Chairman of the Currituck County Board of Commissioners and also the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Horse Fund. Some other members of the Horse Fund board also benefit from this arrangement.

    If the Horse Fund was truly concerned about the well being of these feral horses they would be working to protect the horses from the out of control horse tour operators and 4×4 tourists. The county owns a 300 acre property in Carova that could be fenced off for the herd. The horses could be humanely provided with appropriate shelter, food, and vet care as needed. The stallions could be gelded and then let all these poor horses live out their lives in peace.

    Tuesday, Dec 5 @ 4:01 pm
  • Bev

    @GodRestHerSoul,
    BRAVO!!! True Talk

    Wednesday, Dec 6 @ 9:38 am
  • Circle of Life

    Horses die, just like everything thing else eventually does. Harsh?, maybe… True?, definitely. How much does it cost to transport a 25 year old horse that died of old age to find out definitively it died of old age?

    Wednesday, Dec 6 @ 12:43 pm
  • Sandflea

    How many people years is that?

    Friday, Dec 8 @ 7:54 am
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Apparently, it’s about three people years for every horse year. So you do the math.

    Friday, Dec 8 @ 9:12 am
  • Stuck in traffic

    Don’t have to give as much money now. One less to take care of

    Talk about a group that needs to be defunded!

    Just buy a piece of land and put them in a coral, not on the sand. Then everyone could drive and see them. No need for all the tours!

    No need for the feral horse fund to come and trespass all over corolla and Carova.

    Sunday, Dec 10 @ 1:48 pm