Giving Tuesday – Meet the Dews Island Mares

For the past twenty years there’s been a small but mighty group of Banker horses living on Dews Island, a strip of land situation just off the mainland and adjacent to the Wright family’s Cotton Gin and Sanctuary Vineyards in Jarvisburg. Early on in the Fund’s history there was no rehab farm, so horses that had to be removed from the wild were placed on the island and allowed to continue living a wild, but solitary and relatively confined life. The island is also home to a historic hunting lodge, and is a destination for waterfowl hunters visiting northeastern North Carolina.

Last spring CWHF was approached by the landowners and asked to consider removing the eight remaining horses due to a variety of reasons. We knew we had our work cut out for us, but we were excited to welcome the mares to the farm and embark on a new – and challenging! – adventure. Our herd manager and trainer spent some time with the horses on the island, getting to know them and talking with the caretakers about their personalities, lineage, and history. They learned which ones were more personable, which ones were most likely to be a little cranky or flighty, who was related to whom, and who might give us a run for our money. 

One of the challenges we faced is that there is only one way on and off the island – a foot bridge. Our truck and trailer would not fit across the bridge so we had to figure out a way to move the horses over the water while still keeping them contained. A week before the big move we set up a corral at the bottom of the bridge on the mainland side and their long-time caretaker Billy walked them over every day and fed them hay inside the corral. The last thing we wanted to do was stress the horses out, and this helped acclimate them to going into the corral so that the day of the move it wouldn’t be a shock to their routine. 

With the help of some WONDERFUL volunteers (including the same super cowboys who helped round up Roamer) the move went pretty flawlessly. Six of the eight horses quietly followed Billy over the bridge that Saturday morning and Mike, Steve, and Wayne easily herded them onto the trailer. The trip over to the farm was quick, and the horses unloaded just as easily as they loaded. We were so relieved. There were two stragglers that we had to go back for, and who gave us a bit of a chase but in the end they were pretty cooperative and quickly reunited with their friends. 

Over the last couple of weeks the girls have settled into life on the farm. They are all in great shape and they’re getting used to having us humans around (they are very food driven, which helps!). We’ve gotten halters on everyone except Bella and Betty, which didn’t surprise us given their antics on the day of the roundup. But that’s ok! We’ve got all the time in the world to work on gaining their trust and cooperation. 

Right now we’re focused on feeding all these new faces. They are out on pasture but since we’re going into the winter there’s not much grass which means our hay costs have increased exponentially. This Giving Tuesday, we’re asking for your help to make caring for the mares a little easier not just on our pocketbook, but our farm caretakers as well. We have an amazing hay dealer who provides us with high quality forage in the form of round bales, but at this time we’re not really set up to leave the big bales out in the pasture for the horses. We want them to have access to hay at all times, and to assure that happens we need to invest in some new equipment. That’s where you come in!

This #GivingTuesday, consider a donation to CWHF that will help us support the eight Dews Island mares. You contribution will make it possible for us to purchase large hay nets that fit over the round bales, as well as some new, smaller hay nets that will make it easier for us to feed all the horses every day. You can make a donation directly to the Fund by going here, or if you’re so inclined you can purchase an item and have it sent directly to us. Just click on the image to go to the corresponding Amazon page. 

 

We’ll be bringing you much more about Brownie, Cupcake, Little Star, Luna, Moxie, Jasmine, Betty, and Bella! 

Thank you, thank you, thank you to our wonderful staff and volunteers who made this move safe and stress-free for the horses. Huge thanks to Beth Fleishaker for photographing the move, and to Wayne and Steve Mizelle and Mike Cowan for letting us use their trailer and driving up from Windsor to help get the horses moved. We couldn’t have done it without them! And of course our gratitude goes out to Billy and the Wright family for loving and taking care of the Dews Island horses for two decades, and for their help and support over the last few months. 

 

Tresie – Adopted July 2017

Tresie is a 13 year old mare who was rescued from the wild in 2006 with a severely injured right hind hoof. After surgery and a cast for 6 weeks she recovered and is now completely sound. Tresie was adopted by a great family in 2012 but came back to CWHF in the spring of 2017 due to circumstances beyond the family’s control. We were so thrilled to have this lovely mare back on the farm, but we were even more thrilled when she found her new little girl. Grace is a member of the Wolfpack 4-H club and worked with Tresie under the supervision of our trainer. The Hampton family adopted Tresie in the summer of 2017 and she now lives on their Currituck farm with other horses, goats, and her best friend Grace. 

Noel – Adopted October 2017

Our sweet Noel was adopted by a wonderful family and is staying right here in Currituck County. Harrison is in the Wolfpack 4-H Club and met Noel during a meeting at the rehab farm. He and his mom Sarah spent several months getting to know Noel and their family decided that she would be a great addition to their family. Noel now lives with a couple other horse friends and a goat who she shares her hay with. Harrison is learning horsemanship and riding and Noel has found a home that is perfect for her. 

 

Corolla Wild Horses - Foal naming Contest

Foal Naming Contest – Results are in…Meet Eclipse!

The second foal of the season was born in Carova on July 18. She is healthy and strong, and her mom is in wonderful shape too. The foal’s family includes North Star, a filly that was born last year, along with two mature mares and the stallion. We are looking forward to watching this little girl grow up! 

-Update – New Foal Named “Eclipse” ! Thank you for all those that donated and participated in the Foal Naming Contest!

 

Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Our hearts go out to everyone who has been impacted by the devastating flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. Hurricanes are a part of life for us here on the Outer Banks and we know how exhausting and scary even a little bit of flooding can be, but the damage caused in Texas and Louisiana is on a scale that is barely comprehensible to those of us not living through it. We’ve put together a list of reputable organizations that are working to save horses on the ground in the affected areas, and we encourage you to donate what you can and share this list with others too. If you’d like to add to this list, please shoot us an email and we’ll update with links as we receive them. 

You can download a PDF containing all of this information HERE

ASSISTING HURRICANE HARVEY VICTIMS

FACEBOOK ANNOUNCEMENT from COROLLA WILD HORSE FUND:   

https://www.facebook.com/corollawildhorses.org/

ABOVE LINK LEADS TO BELOW LIST (WHICH WE WILL BE ADDING MORE INFORMATION TO):

https://www.corollawildhorses.com/help-victims-hurricane-harvey/

UNDERSTANDING THE SCOPE OF THIS CATASTROPHE: 

SEE A MAP, PLACED UPON WHERE YOU LIVE:

http://m.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Maps-show-what-Harvey-s-weekend-impact-would-look-12161601.php?cmpid=textalert

LOST & FOUND HORSES

Stolen Horse International (Net Posse)

PO Box 1341, Shelby, NC 28151

704-484-2165

debi@netposse.com

A) OFFERING FREE ASSISTANCE TO HORSES AND PETS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY:                       https://netposse.com/newsviewer.asp?id=3799&P=1&cat=General

 

B) EXAMPLE OF A DISASTER REPORT:

                https://netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=1424

 

 C) HOW TO:

                1)   LOG IN TO REGISTER, THEN FILE A MISSING HORSE REPORT:   https://netposse.com/login.asp

                2)   SEARCH FOR A MISSING HORSE:  https://netposse.com/reports.asp

                3)   DONATE:  https://netposse.com/donate.asp?type=1

Flyers are posted as Lost/Found.  They are then distributed across the internet to a large following of equestrians. 

These equestrians will then be on the lookout, as well as watch auction pipelines for stolen equines.

VOLUNTEER EQUESTRIANS WHO ARE ASSISTING EQUINES

FLEET OF ANGELS:

Equestrians networking to assist horses in need, across North America.

 

  1. A) INTERACTIVE MAP OF HORSEMEN IN USA: http://www.fleetofangels.org/map-of-angels

 

  1. B) HOW TO:

                1)  REQUEST ASSISTANCE:    http://www.fleetofangels.org/request-assistance

                2)  OFFER ASSISTANCE:         http://www.fleetofangels.org/offer-to-helpShipping

 

  1. C) DIRECTORY (Quarantine Facilities, Shipping, Emergency Foster, etc.) http://www.fleetofangels.org/directory

 

  1. D) FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FleetOfAngels/

 

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FACEBOOK:  LIVE DATA & COORDINATION BY EQUESTRIANS:

 

Hurricane Harvey Horse Helpers Directory:  

Being set up now.  Register on this form:   https://tinyurl.com/EastTXHorseHelpersFORM

Will provide searchable tabs that include Trailering, Horse Housing and Care, Feed and Supply Banks, Rescuers with Boats, and more.

East Texas Evacuation/ Disaster Relief Network:    

https://www.facebook.com/groups/EastTexasEquineEvacuationNetwork/?fref=mentions

HAY HOT LINES:

Please provide your name, phone number, location and type of hay or feed to be donated and whether you have transportation.

Please note there is no Fire Ant restriction to bring hay into the affected Counties.  However, please read the page!

Texas Department of Agriculture:  Has a “Hay Hot Line”  for equines in need.  Working with Texas A&M.

                HayHotline@TexasAgriculture.gov

                https://www.texasagriculture.gov/Home/ProductionAgriculture/HayHotline

 

                CONTACT:    Jessica Escobar  (512) 803-7847    Jessica.Escobar@TexasAgriculture.gov

                CONTACT:    Patrick Dudley, Coordinator for Agriculture Commodity Boards and Producer Relations
                                       (512) 787-9966   Patrick.Dudley@TexasAgriculture.gov

                E-MAIL:         HayHotline@TexasAgriculture.gov

Texas A&M Horseman’s Association

                Fund Raising on “Go Fund Me” to purchase hay for evacuated horses.

                https://www.gofundme.com/hay-fund-for-equine-evacuees

 LIST OF SHELTERS (EQUINES & PETS)

Animal Shelter List:  By County, sent out from the State of Texas:    http://www.tahc.state.tx.us/emergency/TAHC_SheltersHoldingFacilities.pdf

 

A message about the above list of animal shelters:

 

1)   CALL FIRST:   This is not a comprehensive list.  The availability and capacity of shelters and holding facilities can change often.   Call the facility at the contact number listed below, to check availability.

2)   EQUINE:   If you are seeking shelter for horses only, contact Texas Equine Veterinary Association at 254-449-1974.

3)   CALL 2-1-1:  If you are seeking a large or small animal shelter or holding facility, in an area that is not listed.

                             Or contact the emergency management department in the area

LIST OF DAMAGED SHELTERS THAT NEED FUNDING TO RECOVER AND OPERATE:

https://bestfriends.org/stories-blog-videos/latest-news/help-texas-animal-shelters-affected-hurricane-harvey

VETERINARIAN GROUPS ON THE GROUND:

American Veterinary Medical Association:  Veterinarians are stepping up to help.

https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Reference/disaster/Pages/hurricane-harvey.aspx

Hot Line (such as seeing animals running loose):  512-719-0799

Trying to create comprehensive contact lists of facilities accepting livestock etc.

Providing disaster reimbursement grants. 

Give at AVMF.org/Donate using the AVMF Code “Disaster Relief” to designate your money for this fund.

Animal disaster plans and resources by State:  

https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Reference/disaster/Pages/Animal-disaster-plans-and-resources-by-state.aspx

American Equine Practitioners:  Sending Veterinarians and Assistants to provide support:

https://www.paulickreport.com/horse-care-category/vet-topics/aaep-foundation-disaster-relief-fund-accepting-donations-aiding-hurricane-harvey-victims/

1)  Equine Disaster Relief Fund, AAEP Foundation, 4033 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511; (800) 443-0177 (U.S. only) or (859) 233-0147.

2)  If you wish to offer assistance with supplies or other resources, please email Keith Kleine at kkleine@aaep.org and you will be contacted with further instructions.

3)  To send financial support:   https://foundation.aaep.org/form/foundation-donation

Texas Equine Veterinary Association (TEVA):  Collecting donations to assist.  https://texasequineva.com/hurricane-harvey-relief/

EQUESTRIAN GROUPS ON THE GROUND OR FINANCING RESCUE WORK:

 United States Equestrian Federation:

https://www.usef.org/donate?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Hurricane%20Harvey%20Equine%20Disaster%20Relief%20Fund%20(1)&utm_content=

Vicki Lowell:  vlowell@usef.org

List from Eventing Nation:

http://eventingnation.com/hurricane-harvey-and-houston-horses-how-you-can-help/

Habitat For Horses.org

Requesting Hay Donations for feeding horses being rescued from floods.  

Jerry Finch 

P.O. Box 3767, Houston, TX 77253-3767

404-935-0277 

https://www.habitatforhorses.org/

https://www.habitatforhorses.org/responding-hurricane-harvey/

Houston SPCA:  Hurricane Harvey Horse Response Fund

900 Portway Dr., Houston, TX 77024

713-869-7722

http://www.houstonspca.org/

https://www.habitatforhorses.org/

Animal Emergency Response Hotline  713-861-3010

Humane Society of North Texas

(Partnered with Equine Rescue Network).  Setting up mobile shelters.

Has a horse and livestock fund.

https://www.hsnt.org/donate/equine-fund/

Livestock Coordinator: livestock@hsnt.org

(817) 332-4768

Equine Rescue Network:

(Partnered with Humane Society of North Texas).  Setting up mobile shelters.

370 Middleton Road, Boxford, MA, 01921   978-273-8469

Virginian Quarantine Barn, Louisa, VA    540-207-8540

Texas Quarintine Barn, Kauffman, TX     978-273-8469

http://equinerescuenetwork.com/?page_id=1704

Cross Fire Equine Rescue:

Dayton, TX

Needs funds to cover:  Sand, shavings, feed.  Can direct funds to their feed store.

http://crossfirerescue.org/

https://www.facebook.com/donate/1218167651623182/

https://www.facebook.com/CrossfireRescue/?ref=search

Best Friends:

5001 Angel Canyon Road
Kanab, UT 84741

435-644-2001

www.BestFriends.org

 

On the ground in Texas.

https://www.facebook.com/bestfriendsanimalsociety?ref=ts

http://blogs.bestfriends.org/index.php/2017/08/27/hurricane-harvey/

 

Make a gift to the Disaster Relief Fund:

https://support.bestfriends.org/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app293a?df_id=1820&1820.donation=form1&mfc_pref=T&NONCE_TOKEN=8A59448CAB4A28357452BE5B6637858B&_ga=2.90760409.250927362.1504128779-1758403829.1504128779

Volunteers: 

Please email bfvolcoord@bestfriends.org.   Best Friends volunteers, especially those with animal handling experience, will be notified in the coming days of specific needs and how to support our work or that of our partners as soon as the situation on the ground warrants.

Disaster Response Team:

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
424 E. 92nd St
New York, NY 10128-6804

(212) 876-7700

https://www.aspca.org/news/aspca-prepares-harvey-rescue-efforts

American Humane:
1400 16th Street NW, Suite 360
Washington, DC 20036

1-800-227-4645

Has Animal Rescue Team, working in Texas and Louisiana.  Taking 50’ emergency truck and other equipment.  Delivering 100,000 pounds of emergency food to pets and owners.
info@americanhumane.org

https://www.americanhumane.org/press-release/help-is-on-the-way/

http://www.americanhumane.org/rescue-diary/

http://www.americanhumane.org/initiative/emergency-training/

http://www.americanhumane.org/animals/programs/emergency-services/about-animal-emergency-services.html

Code 3 Associates:
1530 Skyway Drive
Longmont, CO 80504
(303) 772-7724

 

On the ground in Texas; does Swiftwater Rescue etc.
Code 3 Associates is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to providing professional technical animal rescue and recovery to communities affected by man-made or natural disasters. We respond upon an official request for assistance from local Emergency Managers or jurisdictional authorities in charge of the animal rescue operations during a disaster.

Code 3′s Riders on the Storm Animal Rescue Team and BART (Big Animal Rescue Truck) are ready to assist and support agencies during those incidents or events that exceed or severely challenge the agencies’ ability to provide basic response services.

 

http://code3associates.org/disaster-response/big-animal-rescue-truck-bart/

http://code3associates.org/disaster-response/riders-on-the-storm/

info@code3associates.org   
http://code3associates.org/disaster-response/

https://www.facebook.com/Code3Associates/

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/08/29/longmont-animal-rescue-hurricane-harvey/

TLAER (Technical Large Animal Emergency Response)

Dr. Rebecca Gimenez, Georgia.

WEBSITE:  http://tlaer.org/

SELF-DEPLOYMENT: 

Authoritative discussion regarding self-deployment, if you are trying to go to Texas and assist. https://www.facebook.com/groups/tlaer/

GROUPS COORDINATING RESCUE WORK:

 

Coast Guard:  

Emergency phone line for assistance in rescuing animals.

800-323-7233

http://www.coastguardfoundation.org/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=hurricane-harvey&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2vmDw6z_1QIV2BSBCh3hjAAREAAYBCAAEgL85fD_BwE

Texas Animal Health: 

Government organization    512-719-0700. 

Command Center for Hurricane Harvey:  512-719-0799

https://www.facebook.com/TexasAHC/

Quarter Horse News: 

Is listing those in need.

https://www.quarterhorsenews.com/2017/08/hurricane-harvey-horse-relief/

If you or someone you know is in need of help with horses or livestock, please email:

kelsey.pecsek@cowboypublishing.com

817-569-7170.

STREET VIEWS:

VIEW OF TRAFFIC CAMERAS IN THE AREA:

http://traffic.houstontranstar.org/cctv/transtar/by_roadway.aspx?mnu=freeway&rd=IH-45_Gulf

DRIVING CONDITIONS:

https://drivetexas.org/#/7/32.340/-99.500?future=false

OTHER RELATED SITES:

https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey?utm_source=arcfacebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=harvey

 

https://redrover.org/article/resources-gulf-coast-hurricane-harvey-victims

 

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/houston-weather/hurricaneharvey/article/Hurricane-Harvey-How-to-help-victims-of-the-12003372.php

 

http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/news/article_d66688ca-8c13-11e7-830c-0b2685f352cc.html

 

https://www.spca.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=1223&gclid=COKanuen_9UCFdgDgQodmT8NqA

 

http://www.nrn.org/disaster-animal-rescue-team?gclid=CNDEnJis_9UCFUc9gQodp_EK8Q

 

http://abc7.com/how-you-can-help-animals-impacted-by-hurricane-harvey/2355030/

(AP image via)

Summer Events – Paint a Mustang & Meet a Mustang!

Paint a Mustang

 
Bring your imagination and prepare to get messy! This activity is fun for all ages. We provide the paint, brushes, smocks and wooden horse cutouts for you to paint any way you like. Take home a memento of your vacation that also reflects your contribution to a great cause. All the proceeds from this fundraising activity go to the protection of the Corolla wild horses. Weather dependent activity.

No need to register for this event, just come to our store/museum, choose the size you want to paint, and go for it! We also have ornament sized horses in ‘take home’ kits for rainy day activities, or to take home with you.

Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00am – 2:00pm

Event Price : $5-$35
 

 

 

 

 

Meet a Mustang!

 
IMG_2755Meet and pet a gentled horse rescued from the wild and learn about the wild horses. Corolla Wild Horse Fund staff and trained volunteers provide interesting information about the history of wild horses and how visitors to the Outer Banks can help save this dying breed. Petting is encouraged and donations are accepted.  Open to the public. No registration required. Fridays 10:am – 1pm

 

 

 

Mateo - corolla wild horses tours

New Foal Named Mateo

Mateo - corolla wild horses tours

Drum roll please…the new foal’s name is Mateo! We love it. Finn was a close second. Thanks to everyone who participated in the naming contest. Several people submitted Mateo so we drew names out of a hat and the grand prize winner has been notified. (Photo credit: Coastal Extreme Photography)

Hay For A Day

Hay – it’s what’s for dinner! Also breakfast, lunch, and a few snacks in between. Quality hay is the mainstay of our rescued horses’ diet. Horses are grazers. In the wild, they spend the majority of their time foraging for food and it’s important to recreate this behavior with domestic horses as well. The horses at the Betsy Dowdy Equine Center are given hay in what’s called slow feeders; special nets that mimic the horses’ natural grazing and foraging behaviors. 

For just $14 you can sponsor Hay For A Day and help support Amadeo, Noel, Roamer, and all the rest of the horses under the Fund’s care. We spend about $5000 annually on hay, and every little bit helps! 


Hay For A Day – $14.00





Hay For Two Days – $28.00





Hay For A Week – $98.00



  felix-noel-hay

The Corolla Wild horse Fund is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit. We do not receive any state or federal funding. We raise over 80% of our budget through donations, special events, memberships, sponsorships, grants, and mission-related merchandise sales.  Every dollar donated helps to further our mission to protect and conserve the Colonial Spanish Mustangs living on the Northern Outer Banks. Contributions are tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.

Winter 2016 Newsletter

The Winter 2016 Newsletter is available to view online.

Special Mustang Fun Festival At Scarborough Faire in Duck

It’s like a special, miniature Faire Days Festival Event this Wednesday, September 9th from 2-5pm at the Wild Horse Museum Store in Scarborough Faire Shopping Village in Duck NC.

“Meet A Mustang!” and make a donation to preserve and protect the wild horses

“Paint A Mustang” wooden cutout in sizes $5-$15

“Glitter Tattoos” that last for days $3.50

“Wine Tastings” locally made Wild Pony White and Shipwreck and Plank Reds from Sanctuary Vineyards, plus Wild Horse Chardonnay and Merlot from California’s Central Coast.

ALL proceeds from your purchase of these wines and all merchandise at the store benefit the wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs!