Wild Horses

By: Spiaz1
7/20/2019 1:56 PM

We saw the banker ponies on Ocracoke but my dad is really wanting to take a 4×4 tour to see the horses. Who has the best service in your opinion for this, and is it suitable for an 86 yo? I don't know if he could do something very rugged. I noticed different types of 4×4 vehicles for the tour.

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By: Crunch
7/20/2019 3:32 PM

Might not be suitable for an 86 year old. We did it a few years ago, and it can be a somewhat rough ride on the beach where it is rutted. Almost like being stuck in a Boston snowbank. A lot of back and forth, gunning of the engine, that sort of thing, in deep ruts, but only on the beach, hoping not to get stuck in the sand. As I recall, the rule is you gun it and go. No stopping.

Otherwise, not a problem and should be fine. Will have to try to dig up the name of the outfit.

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By: Aliphatic
7/20/2019 3:35 PM

I will only sort of speak to this, as the whole horse tour thing can be unpopular around these parts.

First, I would definitely book with these people: Click to follow link...

They take you up in a modified hummer, whereas the other companies use a pick-up truck that they've installed seats in the truck bed. I would not take an 86 year-old up to Carova in the back of a pick-up truck.

How fit is your dad? Does he have any mobility issues? Can he handle a two-hour off-road tour? It will be bumpy, and depending on the weather and time of day, it can be quite hot.

Honestly, I would say that this is a conversation for your dad and his physician. Be honest and ask what the doctor thinks.

My grandmother is 82 and there is NO WAY that she could handle the horse tour, even in the hummer let alone a pick-up truck bed. She simply doesn't have the strength, endurance, or mobility for such an event.

Also on a side note, we've had some threads indicating that these horse tours have gotten completely out of hand recently. I got the impression that they are disruptive to the vacationers in North Swan Beach and Carova. It may be more ethical to boycott these tours and not go up there at all unless you have a rental in the 4x4 areas.

I will defer to older, more experienced posters regarding whether or not you should boycott the horse tours.

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By: Crunch
7/20/2019 3:45 PM

Can't speak to the local unpopularity, but we went on the hummer that Aliphatic mentions. I would echo his thoughts. It's an open air vehicle crammed with people but if the air isn't moving, it will get hot and uncomfortable. They might put your Dad in the front seat by himself.

Maybe bone-rattling is a good description of some of the beach riding. I didn't care so much for the tour and probably wouldn't do it again. Noisy, crowded, sometimes rough, expensive. Festival Park in Manteo is much better.

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By: Aliphatic
7/20/2019 4:18 PM

Can't speak to the local unpopularity, but we went on the hummer that Aliphatic mentions. I would echo his thoughts. It's an open air vehicle crammed with people but if the air isn't moving, it will get hot and uncomfortable. They might put your Dad in the front seat by himself.

Maybe bone-rattling is a good description of some of the beach riding. I didn't care so much for the tour and probably wouldn't do it again. Noisy, crowded, sometimes rough, expensive. Festival Park in Manteo is much better.

Crunch


I have had ridden shotgun in the hummer with the guide and I can tell you from personal experience that while the breeze is OK, the ride is not. Sitting lower to the ground means you experience more disturbance than those behind you. I'm young, fit, but slim and even I found the ride uncomfortable.

Just a heads up. If you decide to do this, don't put the 86 yo shotgun in the hummer.

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By: ish
7/20/2019 4:30 PM

Personally, I would go with one of the pick-up truck tour groups and let Dad ride shotgun in the A/C,

Surf painter is a member on here I'd ask him for his opinion !

The house tours are not liked by the locals in the 4x4 area because they account for 90% of the traffic on the backroads in the 4x4 area. In addition people have had issues with tour vehicles blocking roads, crossing onto private property, encircling and getting too close to the horses etc.

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By: vanative
7/20/2019 5:31 PM

Personally, I would go with one of the pick-up truck tour groups and let Dad ride shotgun in the A/C,

Surf painter is a member on here I'd ask him for his opinion !

The house tours are not liked by the locals in the 4x4 area because they account for 90% of the traffic on the backroads in the 4x4 area. In addition people have had issues with tour vehicles blocking roads, crossing onto private property, encircling and getting too close to the horses etc.

ish


Welcome to Pair O Dice? Take him to O-coke, see the Spanish Mustangs and enjoy all that the island has to offer. And do not worry about private property.

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By: tilly
7/20/2019 6:22 PM

I enjoyed taking a tour with Corolla Outback last fall. Ticket agent took one look at me and offered the senior discount. I'm in good health, accepted a helping hand climbing the step into the back of truck and selected a bench seat closest to the cab with a bar to grab onto when moving. The ride up the beach was very bumpy, we climbed up and down steep dunes and keeping my balance was fine because I was holding on tight. The folks closer to the tailgate seemed to be bouncing around more than me. The tour was great and I had a blast. If your Dad is in good health and still very active I think he would be comfortable and enjoy the tour. Call the tour company and express your concerns for his comfort. The tour I took was off season and not at all crowded. We saw a lot of horses and had a good look around the 4wheel drive area hearing great local informational facts. Hope this helps, have fun.



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By: Crunch
7/20/2019 7:54 PM

Reviewing the comments here, not sure why these tours would be so popular. Unless your Dad has a strong constitution and money to burn, not really worth it and not very interesting, IMHO. A horse is a horse, wild or not. Seen plenty, in bridles and in paddocks. Not sure what the big deal is.

Did not understand when we went on the tour the intrusions on private privacy as the hummer wandered around on what seemed to be occupied private property. Felt like we were voyeurs.

Glad we did it, I guess, but many better ways to spend your time, and especially your money, on OBX. Not recommending it to our 2019 guests. Guests a few years ago thought tours of Assateague horses in Maryland was much more informative and useful, and where our guests camped out on the beach. OBX tour seemed like a tad too commercial and overdone. Hummer recommendation at the end was TripAdvisor plugs for the guide, tips, and for Black Pelican restaurant. Maybe a bit too horsey. One of my less enjoyable experiences on OBX. A pass IMHO if you have other options.

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By: robluc
7/21/2019 8:41 AM

Don't waste your money. If you've seen one horse you've seen them all. Week before last I saw one of the trucks abandoned on the beach after the entire front end fell out from under it. A lawsuit waiting to happen.

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By: sreed843
7/21/2019 9:37 AM

Have twice toured with CorollaOutbackAdventures - 252-453-4484. Great folks, great tours, and the "shotgun" seat in their one ton P/U's is not at all uncomfortable.

It's a bonus if Surfpainter is your guide.

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By: hearthomeobx
7/21/2019 1:13 PM

Have twice toured with CorollaOutbackAdventures - 252-453-4484. Great folks, great tours, and the "shotgun" seat in their one ton P/U's is not at all uncomfortable.

It's a bonus if Surfpainter is your guide.

sreed843


I rode shotgun with Surfpainter in 2017 my first tour. Awesome! These old bones were fine. Hope to go again when we visit again in 13 days. Yes, I'm in countdown mode. Wink smiley

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By: Spiaz1
7/21/2019 3:06 PM

Thanks so much for all the info amd feedback; pros and cons.
I was able to dissuade him from any 4×4's this year due to him having a broken arm still on the mend.
He's frail as far as having brittle bones, but seems to have stamina elsewhere. While some his age have given up and sit indoors doing nothing he constantly wants to do things. This horse tour is one of those things.
The length of time he could handle; as he recently completed a 17 hr sightseeing road trip with us having only two 20 minute stops, and two 1 hour stops. The jarring concerns me with the horse tour, or length of jarring more than anything else. He handles heat well.

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By: Spiaz1
7/21/2019 3:08 PM

Can't speak to the local unpopularity, but we went on the hummer that Aliphatic mentions. I would echo his thoughts. It's an open air vehicle crammed with people but if the air isn't moving, it will get hot and uncomfortable. They might put your Dad in the front seat by himself.

Maybe bone-rattling is a good description of some of the beach riding. I didn't care so much for the tour and probably wouldn't do it again. Noisy, crowded, sometimes rough, expensive. Festival Park in Manteo is much better.

Crunch


Crunch:
We definitely like Manteo. Such a beautiful quaint town. Lovely water views!

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By: Crunch
7/21/2019 6:22 PM

Spiaz1: Glad you liked it.

Manteo grows on you. We keep going back every year, and never tire of it. Everything at Festival Park, indoors and out, is worth seeing. Your Dad might like the sailing ship. Deck crew on the ship knows their onions and can speak authoritatively on just about anything about it, including rigging knots. Very interesting. Ask them about the "taut line hitch".

We will likely visit the park for a 3rd or 4th time this year with our guests. Good stuff.

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By: J4yDubs
7/22/2019 9:52 AM

There's nothing wrong with the tours, if they are done correctly. We're seeing that drivers are pushing the limits now, which is not a good thing. Some don't even seem to respect the rules at all. At some point there will have to be a crack down.

PM surfpainter (Rick) if you're interested in a tour. You won't be riding in a Hummer, which in my experience is a good thing, but you will have a knowledgeable, skilled guide. If you get Rick, that's just a bonus.

For those just saying it's just horses, I disagree. The history and freedom these horses have is special and I hope it can continue. It's kinda like saying the Liberty Bell is just a bell.

John

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