‘Butts to the wind’ works! Outer Banks wild horses appear fine after hurricane

Many of the northern beaches wild mustangs have been seen out grazing after Hurricane Dorian. [Corolla Wild Horse Fund photo]

Several of the northern Outer Banks wild mustangs, and their feral friend Raymond the mule, have been spotted during and following Hurricane Dorian, and everybody appears unscathed.

“Every horse we’ve seen has been fine,” Meg Puckett, herd manager for the Corolla Wild Mustang Fund, said Saturday afternoon.”No reason to think there are any major injuries or issues.”

Danny the foal grazing after Hurricane Dorian. [Corolla Wild Horse Fund photo]
Three of this year’s foals, Renzi, Danny and Rabbit, have all been seen, too.

“A lot of people were worried about the foals, but they are fine!” Puckett said.

Side note about Raymond: He’s a scrappy old mule who’s probably the product of a donkey and wild mare. He’ been around for more than 20 years and he’s survived hurricanes before. Dorian is no exception.

Prior to the storm, Puckett said the colonial Spanish mustang herd would likely ride out the the winds and rain as their ancestors did before them — in huddles, “butts to the wind.”

Wild mustangs have roamed the Outer Bank for 500 years, and instinctually know how survive the harsh weather of the barrier islands.

Today there are about 100 mustangs living on the northern beaches of Currituck County, and 15 horses living at the Corolla Wild Horse Fund’s rescue farm nearby.

Raymond the mule wanders a dune Saturday after Hurricane Dorian. [Courtesy Corolla Wild Horse Fund]

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  1. So happy to hear the wild horses are alright. I saw them and Raymond this April for the first time and was so thrilled. Seems to me “Butts to the wind” is a good philosophy for life.

  2. I hate they lost the horses they did south of you . Been coming to the outer banks since I was 11 . Love seeing them when I’m there . They fueled many dreams as a child . I wish Ocracokes horses were more available for visitors . You never get to see but a few of them at a time . I wonder how many they even have there anymore .

  3. Butts to the wind: here’s to the unspoken debate between these hearty souls and the bison of the Great Plains, whose philosophy is to face their boulder-like shoulders and heads always INTO the wind.

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