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Corolla Herd of Wild Horses at Sandbridge

We cherish the sight of these fine creatures along the shore line.

 

This is actually a mother and child. The younger one was just over a year old when this was taken. The mare was tolerant but not necessarily in the mood to play on this day.

 

To be certain to be able to see these wonderful horses you would need to go to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, on the coast of Virginia near North Carolina. These horses have lived there since their ship sunk in the year 1630 or so. The Spanish threw the horses overboard in an attempt to save the sinking galleon. The herd has reproduced and thrived there in Back Bay NWR ever since. They are very large wild horses and pure from the Spanish stock, because this is an island/peninsula landmass off Virginia. They have not mixed with the North American horses. They rarely get into Sandbridge anymore. which is a good thing because they were sometimes getting hit by cars.

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Taken on March 14, 2004