Outer Banks Wild Horses Use Instinct As Hurricane Florence Moves In

Amy Feinstein

Messages of concern are coming in from all over the world about the wild horses which live in the Outer Banks of North Carolina in reference to the coming hurricane. But experts say that the wild horses have survived over the years through many storms and bad weather by relying on their natural instincts that have been honed through the centuries.

While there are only approximately 1oo horses left in what is called the Corolla herd in Currituck County, North Carolina, they manage to survive on their wits says Meg Puckett, herd manager of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund.

"We do everything that we can to protect them, but in situations like this, these horses have incredible instincts. They're so resourceful, and they have an incredibly strong will to live."
"We're already seeing them group up together. They go into the maritime forest, where they get under the cover of the live oak trees that protect them and go to the highest ground."

"These horses have been here centuries. They are probably better equipped to handle this kind of weather than anybody else on the Outer Banks right now."

And it's on the Facebook page where the admirers of the wild herd are expressing their concern and worries for the beautiful giants.

"Thinking of all of the horses as Florence approaches.... Praying for their safety."
"Prayers for protection from the storm for these beautiful animals & the young foals."