A few Outer Banks wild horses take a trip to Corolla village

A group of six Corolla wild horses found their way all the way down to Wink's in Corolla village on the morning of May 20, 2021 before they were herding back into the four-wheel drive area above the fence. [photo courtesy Sylvia Banton Hogan]

A group of six Corolla wild horses found their way all the way down to Wink’s in Corolla village Thursday morning before they were herded back into the four-wheel drive area above the beach fence.

It’s not entirely unusual for a few of the wild mustangs who roam the northernmost beaches of the Outer Banks to take a trip to the village. The horses are able to work their way through the fence erected in the 1990s that is supposed to keep the herd in the four-wheel drive area north of Corolla village.

“If you happen to see horses out on the paved road DO NOT CHASE THEM or try to move them yourself,” Meg Puckett, herd manager for the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, said in a Facebook comment on the Corolla NC page. “Have a feeling that is what is happening here and THIS is how a horse is going to get killed. Leave them alone and let us get them safely moved.”

The CWHF, which manages the herd of about 100 wild horses, has residents and volunteers keeping an eye on them. If they get out, fund workers and volunteers go out and walk the horses back up the beach.

Puckett said there’s always some danger when the horses are walking on hard surface roads, but local residents are keeping an eye out for them.