Lost a colt

By: chief5130
7/13/2020 1:10 PM

I just do not know what to say. Someone had to feed the horse.

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By: Cmhl
7/13/2020 3:00 PM

Yeah, but i bet they are proud of the selfie they got feeding him.

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By: KDHBreeze
7/13/2020 3:13 PM

If you're up that way, keep an eye out. Several people have found apples scattered on the ground. You can always call CWHF and report that, or call 911/CCS if there's an imminent situation.

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By: nicki
7/13/2020 3:26 PM

That was absolutely heartbreaking to read. Broken heart

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By: Cryogirl
7/13/2020 6:56 PM

This story truly haunts me. Heartbreaking

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By: obx4wd
7/13/2020 7:00 PM

Broken heart this makes me so sad and so angry. What a waste. Angry smiley

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By: CroakerHead
7/13/2020 7:32 PM

It's a managed herd that are descended from wild horses. The current horses are not wild.

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By: GoneCoastal252
7/13/2020 7:46 PM

It's a managed herd that are descended from wild horses. The current horses are not wild.

CroakerHead


Feral...no one wants to say it...but feral not wild.

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By: chief5130
7/13/2020 8:20 PM

It's a managed herd that are descended from wild horses. The current horses are not wild.

CroakerHead


Feral...no one wants to say it...but feral not wild.

GoneCoastal252


Are you two suggesting this justifies the behavior?

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By: JennyK
7/13/2020 9:52 PM

What a tragic story. I read this from a link on Facebook. People just need to follow the law and only view the horses from a distance. The horses may not be afraid of humans but people shouldn't encourage the horses to approach them. Crying smiley

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By: JCL1
7/14/2020 10:14 AM

From the Corolla Wild Horse Fund website.

Q: Is it ok for me to scatter leftover apples, lettuce, corn, bread, etc. in the yard as a treat for the horses?

A: It is illegal to feed the wild horses. Their highly specialized diet only includes native plants and grasses with no supplemental feeding provided by the Fund or any other organization. Over the years several horses have died as a result of being fed by humans. One young horse died after eating watermelon rind that had been tossed out into a yard. Even food that domestic horses can usually tolerate, like apples and carrots, can be harmful to the wild horses. If the horses become accustomed to taking food from humans, chances are high that they’d have to be removed from the wild.

www.corollawildhorses.com...

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By: RichS
7/14/2020 1:30 PM

This is my first post here. I am upset at the agonizing long death of the Colt Danny. No doubt the Mare’s pain in watching helplessly as her offspring slowly dies is horrible to imagine. There are a lot of insightful and informative posts on the Facebook page. Thank you everyone. A refrigerator sign was mentioned numerous times, one that educates and warns the renter concerning their treatment of our precious wild horses. Here’s the link. Inexpensive, and any profits go to the horse’s cause.
https://www.corollawildhorses.com/shop/metal-herd-watch-sign/


Sign image:

https://www.corollawildhorses.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/CWHF-HerdWatchSign-preview2-450x450.jpg

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By: xobx
7/14/2020 2:17 PM

Yeah, but i bet they are proud of the selfie they got feeding him.

Cmhl


Another case of American Exceptionalism.

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By: KelLovesOBX
7/14/2020 2:47 PM

Every time I hear about one of the horses suffering and/or dying from the stupidity of humans it saddens me,

and infuriates me.

So sorry this happened to little Danny and his mother.

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By: Gettysburg Lady
7/14/2020 2:48 PM

It is so sad that people will not follow the rules to protect the herd. There is a valid reason to keep distance from the horses and not have human interaction. We can debate their lineage but that doesn't change the fact that this was totally avoidable.

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By: RichS
7/14/2020 2:54 PM

Here is a link to the Wild Horse Toolkit that offers posters, videos, all kinds of great info concerning proper responsible interaction guidlines for human interaction with the Wild Horses. I am finding that a lot of information, signs, posters that were suggested to be created and posted in Rental Homes already exists. Each of these homes generate an enormous amount of income each year. What is a few dollars for a sign, a poster for each home. An e mail link from the Realty Groups to their clients cost......NOTHING.
Click to follow link...

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By: hatterasnc
7/14/2020 2:57 PM

Just a question, please take it as such and don't flame me.

Having spent time in Carova, I have seen some wild (I assume, non-native?) apple trees growing amongst the live oaks. Most are scrawny and bear very little fruit. I have also seen a few fruit trees planted by owners for ornamental purposes.

I know it is logical, based on past examples of people observed feeding them, to presume this is the cause. Is it possible that normal scavenging may also be the cause? Or, that it occurred as a result of a homeowner introduced the apple tree as a decorative item to their property?

From an awareness perspective, it may serve the horses well to ask that folks not plant these trees, and remove them when found. I know it is not as sexy as "man bad, horses good" but it may be necessary.

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By: RichS
7/14/2020 4:29 PM

You have a good point about apple trees and other fruit trees planted in this area. There was a situation in the past where a mare that had died from eating of all things, Red Maple leaves. No doubt an ornamental planting at one of the houses. Heres the info off the Corolla Wild Horse Fund website:


....”On June 29, 2012, Firecracker was found with an infected umbilical cord. For fear that without treatment, and possibly surgery, he would become septic and possibly die, Firecracker and his mother were removed to receive veterinary care. After a thorough exam by the veterinary it became apparent that something was also terribly wrong with his mother. She was shortly diagnosed with Red Maple poisoning, caused by ingestion of wilted Red Maple leaves. Her health quickly deteriorated and she was humanely put to sleep.”
Click to follow link...

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By: hatterasnc
7/14/2020 5:55 PM

I had no idea that the horses were so fragile. Amazing that they have survived 450 years.

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By: cjd
7/14/2020 6:11 PM

I had no idea that the horses were so fragile. Amazing that they have survived 450 years.

hatterasnc



Thinking they only survived because they were not subjected to human interference. We are dealing with a whole new level of people now. This is a new generation of me first, me too, me me me. Thinking about the welfare of an animal just does not factor into these current mind sets.

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By: GoneCoastal252
7/14/2020 6:40 PM

It's a managed herd that are descended from wild horses. The current horses are not wild.

CroakerHead


Feral...no one wants to say it...but feral not wild.

GoneCoastal252


Are you two suggesting this justifies the behavior?

chief5130


No. I really didn't mean it that way but it was unclear and can see how it can be interpreted that way. I do not condone what was done or any mistreatment of animals whether wild or feral.

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By: NC Mtn Pirates
7/14/2020 6:51 PM

That was the reason why Earl Slick kept people away from the 3,000 acres he owned up there!!

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By: KDHBreeze
7/14/2020 7:10 PM

Most of them are crabapples, planted for their flowers and "fruit" such as it is.

While it's possible for one of the horses to consume crabapples or the decorative maple or weeping wild cherry trees, it's not common, and usually happens either in periods of drought/famine or incidental (as where someone mows a lawn mulching up leaves with grass and then spreads the grass or dumps it in a pile somewhere.

Apples of any variety can cause upset stomach in horses and people too) in small quantities and, if eaten whole, can be toxic. This is amplified with crabapples because they are smaller and the flesh/fiber is proportionately less than the seed content, which is problematic for animals and humans because they contain cyanogenic glycosides that metabolize into the toxin cyanide.

Crab apples is an umbrella terms based on size. They aren't actually a different tree species, and there are many species of crab apples. Their small size makes most of them quite bitter and unpalatable, so while a horse might eat them incidentally, they would not usually seek them out.

Usually what you'll find people have done is scattered these or other apples in the sand with carrots and greens to attract the horses to an area so they can get a photo op. Most people really don't appreciate the danger to these horses in particular, who have little variation in their diet, or to other horses in general.

It's highly unlikely a colt would seek them out, or that a mare would bring her foal that close to these trees as horses normally avoid them and the foal itself would be young enough to still be nursing. Nursing horses don't eat much grasses, let alone scavenge for novelty items.

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By: CroakerHead
7/14/2020 9:34 PM

The colt was a yearling. Weaned at 4 to 6 months he would be foraging on his own

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By: Millie’s Here Now
7/14/2020 10:02 PM

As I get older it is harder and harder for me to abide by stupid people. Many of them are self-culling their own herd. Falling down mountains while taking selfies, trying to pet wild bison, letting their toddlers into gorilla cage, drinking bleach for the virus, etc, etc.

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