A lonely wild horse roamed the outer shores for weeks. Now, Alma has finally found her harem

It is a rite of passage for all the young wild horses living on the northern end of the Outer Shores – the time comes when they must strike on their own.

For most Phillies and Colts, finding a new harem, as family units are called, takes no time.

But that wasn’t the case for 2-year-old Alma, who lives with her parents’ harem in a more remote, less populated part of the beach. This spring, the colt was often seen wandering alone or trying to make friends with humans.

In June, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, which manages a herd of about 100 wild Spanish Mustangs living north of the Corolla, began receiving “tons of calls” about Alma, who had wounds on both sides of her face and was lost. It seemed to have happened. Caregivers consulted Fund’s vet, who said the wound, probably a bite, was healing well and was nothing to worry about.

Earlier this year, Alma was kicked out of the harem in which she was born, said Meg Puckett, the fund’s herd manager. The stallion, most likely her father, became aggressive towards her and did not allow her close to the rest of the mare.

“Alma is often alone on the beach and seems lost to human observers, which is understandable,” Puckett wrote on Facebook. “It can be hard to see, but we have to remember that these are wild horses that are naturally behaving. Ultimately this is what happens to every young horse, although the situation in Alma is a bit unique.”

Normally, a young mare would be pushed out of her harem, quickly captured by another horse, but Alma’s family lives in an area with a low horse population.

“There is no other harem nearby for Alma to assimilate,” Puckett said.

Lonely Alma eventually begins to head north, where more horses live, and herd caretakers cross their fingers, she’ll find a welcoming new family. However, being alone, she got used to humans and began to approach and follow people.

At that time, the flock The caretakers urged anyone who met Alma to drive her away.

“Get in your vehicle, swing your arms around to scare him, and definitely don’t pet him or give him any positive attention,” Puckett’s Facebook post said. “We want Alma to be completely indifferent to humans – even afraid of them. She is in a very vulnerable position right now, where she is young, dominant and unfortunately alone. We want her to seek the company of other horses, not that of the people.”

By early July, Alma was still wandering alone, seemingly with no destination. But after a few weeks, she finally found her clan, joining a new group, including her grandmother, Shala, according to the Horse Fund.

“His face has healed, he is in excellent physical condition, and now he has friends too,” Puckett wrote in a Facebook update. “There is a lot to be said for trusting horses, trusting nature and doing the best they can even when it is difficult for our human emotions. Excited to see what the future holds for this particular mare!


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