I first started going to the Outer Banks of North Carolina when I was a teenager, many moons ago. Back then, most houses on the Outer Banks did not have pools and none that I knew of had elevators. The drive to Nags Head winded through small towns on two lane roads, inspiring the Mary Chapin Carpenter song “I am a town.”
While this has changed with the addition of a bypass and acres and acres of large houses with pools and elevators, the beauty still remains, and so do the wild horses. I had always heard about the wild horses of Corolla on the northern end of the Outer Banks but had not actually seen them in person until late last month, when we signed up for a tour led by Horace at Corolla Wild Horse Tours A tour I would very strongly recommend. Please see more photos and text below.
The roughly two hour tour covers a lot of ground, and I mean ground because on that section of the Outer Banks the paved roads are few and far between. Horace is also president of the local county’s historical society so he truly knows his stuff and he is an excellent driver.
There are about 100 wild horses on this stretch of beach and in the surrounding community. It seemed like we saw at least half the wild horse population during our afternoon tours.
If you are a photographer you will especially appreciate Horace. Each time we drove up to a horse scene he would turn around the tour bus and make sure passengers on both sides had ample opportunities to get good photographs. Horace does a great job of telling the story of the wild horse population, how they ended up there and how they are kept as safe as possible.