The Majesty of Wild Horses at the Outer Banks

These horses living on the Outer Banks of North Carolina are descendents of those who came from Spain in the 1500s. Adapting to the land, their front legs are shorter than the rear so they can balance on the dunes and eat the sea oats. They can survive drinking brackish water (15% salt), which would dehydrate any other horse.

We drove on the beach to reach the protected area. Although homes are now built here and people are encroaching their space, which is heartbreaking. The tours are required to stay 50 feet away from them to prevent mutual disease and unintentional injury.

They’re beautiful and graceful, shining in the sun. They live on this protected beach in packs of three-to-ten. One stallion per pack, unless another is his son, and one alpha mare.

They don’t like being hot (neither do I), so they follow the shadows, moving closer inland as the day progresses.

How have you adapted to your environment? (reminder: the horses’ legs are shorter for climbing the dunes)

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