The Corolla Wild Horse Fund is pleased to announce the kick off to the “No Feed, No Approach” educational initiative to help educate tourist and locals alike about the dangers of human interaction with the wild herd.
To kick off the initiative a 10’ x 60’ billboard message has just been erected in Coinjock stating “Admire Don’t Feed! Apples and Carrots Kill Wild Horses.” The strong message is intended to make the public aware that wild horses cannot eat any food that is not from their natural habitat of beach grasses.
The public is unaware that their snacks are harmful and often causes painful colic and may result in death.
The billboard was kindly donated, for an indefinite amount of time, from Karen and Mac Quidley, the owners of the structure on their private land in Coinjock, NC. With a few phone calls installation of the message was donated as well from Robert and Carol Givens of RO Givens Signs out of Elizabeth City, NC. The graphic design was donated by Terry Douglas a horse-loving graphic artist from Richmond, VA.
And there is more education to see and hear this season as well. MAX Radio group and East Carolina Radio, ECR, are running public service announcements expanding on the billboard message with a detailed educational message about not approaching or feeding the wild horses and the harm it can bring. Various Duck and Corolla retail merchants will donate time on their marquees this summer to promote the wild horse educational messaging. And property owners in the 4×4 area are posting yard signs on their property reinforcing the no feed/approach messaging. This is just the beginning of an ongoing “No Fee, No Approach” campaign. Yard signs available at CWHF museum/office.
We invite residents, community leaders, business organizations, restaurants and merchants to join us in spreading this ongoing educational initiative. The community support has been overwhelming and heartwarming and we believe through stepped up efforts to educate the public, locals, tourists and wild horses will all be safer.
Chief Operating Officer
Corolla Wild Horse Fund