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The wild horses of Corolla have been a part of my life for 38 years and I now share with you my inspirations from those creatures that roam wild and free. Please respect my copyright...Debra Rothrock.
This mare wiggles her withers mastering the art of flirtation along the coastline of the Northern Outer Banks of NC. This photoshoot opportunity was in May, 2018 in the Corolla 4x4, home of the Colonial Spanish Mustangs. These mustangs are one of the oldest and rarest strains left in the world.
Corolla Wild Horse foals of North Carolina usually arrive in the springtime but not always. The mare finds a secluded place in the wild to give birth in privacy, all on her own, with no intervention or help.
Image is from a cool November month in 2015. The lighting was perfect to enhance the light on their thickening winter coats. It must have been late afternoon, judging by the cool tones of the shade on the sand dunes. The Corolla Spanish Mustangs have survived 500 years on the native grasses found on this barrier island. The Currituck Outer Banks is paradise enriched by God with these horses.
June (2016) brings with it wild flowers which are a treat for the Currituck wild horses. No carrots, apples or sweets for them, these are not on the Corolla menu because they could cause deadly colic for the horses. When visiting this special place, one must respect the way of life of the free roaming mustangs.
In April 2015, this colt still has his cold weather coat. It is thick and dense...just want to put your fingers through it. The new grasses are starting to sprout and the Colonial Spanish Mustangs start to sew their wild oats.
May (in this case 2017) starts the mating season for The Colonial Spanish Mustangs on the Currituck Outer Banks. Stallions challenge each other for mating rights and often steal mares from their neighbors harems. It is an exciting time of year and a time when you must be extra vigilant about staying 50 feet away from the horses.
"Grabbing a Bite With Josh"
In July 2016, I captured Josh and his mom back towards the maritime forest in Swan Beach, NC. Josh is no longer a newborn but lives with his mother for about a year. He still nurses from her. His distinctive white marking on his forehead is a "tag" to tell him apart from the other wild horses. There are around 120 mustangs at any given time. One method used to keep these numbers is shooting the mother mares with contraceptive darts.
"Blowing in the Wind"
The distinctive white markings on the horses forehead is often what distinguishes them from the others in pack. This horse is fondly known as "Snowcone" for that very reason. Afternoon shady cool tones on the dunes and windy breezes define this day in November 2015 when I photographed this beauty.
Named "Winter Coat" for a reason: it was January, 2015 when I found this guy in his winter coat ready to brave the winter winds. The horses seem quite comfortable until it gets so cold that icicles form on their chinny chin chin.
"Grass is Greener Underhoof"
September, (2016 for this event) is when the grasses start turning a little brown in the Carolina Southern heat. The wild equines look for the remaining green grass to satisfy their food requirement which is insatiable. When the winter months approach they will start eating more to store for the sparse season to come.
William is a Corolla Wild Horse that had to leave the beach soon after he was born in 2015 and be moved to the Wild Horse Farm on the Currituck mainland. He was born with a kidney problem and needed urgent care. Once a horse leaves the Currituck Outer Banks beach, they can not return to the beach for fear of introducing foreign germs. He is now living in Virginia.
Mares are the high commodity item in May, (2017 for this image). Stallions want rights to mate and continue their bloodline. The Spanish Mustangs of the Corolla 4x4 are very territorial. Imagine a long strip of barrier island...where 100-120 wild horses live. Now imagine a piano keyboard...each key (about one mile wide) is the area where each band of horses live. Mating season is the exception on the bands boundaries...stallions steal mares and regretfully share mares...often resulting in stand-offs on the beach.
December 2014 dates "Dark Eyes" photography composition. The late afternoon sun sparkled on his shiny coat and rendered a rainbow of colors.
"Josh and Mom"
Taken with my Nikon zoom lens in August 2015, this Corolla mare is bonding with her colt fondly known as Josh. The colts name is actually "Joaquin" in the Colonial Spanish Mustang tradition. They were in my backyard at the time at my cottage called Swandipity in the Currituck Outer Banks 4x4. I have kept the name Swandipity which I now use in relationship with my ART. SWANDPITY: a state of being with apparent aptitude for making fortunate discoveries happen accidentally in ART.
"A Good Chew"
The photo that I painted from was taken January 2015. In the winter months the mustangs grow a warmer coat to keep them protected against the cold Atlantic winds. They survive on native grasses, branches and berries. This mare is having "A Good Chew" on Sea Oats that grow on the frontal dune that guard the narrow barrier island.
"Shooting the Breeze"
You can see that even in the freezing temperatures of January, (2015) the equines have to "make do" with the dried sea oats on the frontal dune where the temperatures can get down to the single digits. The Corolla Wild Horses have survived on their own for 500 years in this environment...no one feeds them or gives them water. They are a hardy breed of mustang.
She doesn't have a given name but she is Snowcone's mother and Lucy's grandmother. Three generations of Wildlife in Swan Beach. Photographed October, 2010.
"Trotting in the Wind I"
April, 2016 was the "birth of this painting"...a composition was formed. This Spanish Mustang enjoying the wind in his mane as he traverses the sandy shores of the Corolla 4x4 in the Outer Banks, NC. There is also "Trotting in the Wind II" to try another color way.
"Trotting in the Wind II"
April, 2016 was the "birth of this painting"...a composition was formed. This Spanish Mustang enjoying the wind in his mane as he traverses the sandy shores of the Corolla 4x4 in the Outer Banks, NC.
This photo of "Star" was taken March, 2008. Star was a horse that liked going into the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. I have known other horses that have done the same...it always amazes me. On days when there is a west wind that brings the flies, the horses flock to the shoreline to get some relief from the southern heat and horse flies. Great days to head out with my camera and zoom lens.
"Snowcone and filly Lucy"
October (2011 in this photo) is the nicest time of the year in the Currituck 4x4. The tourists have gone home and the weather and ocean water is still nice. there's a quiet peacefulness. There are no paved roads in this 11 miles stretch of the beach so the Corolla Wild Horses can run wild and free...no horse shoes!
These bright eyes were snapshot November, 2018. Zuzu was three months old then and has become the source of much joy for my husband Steve and myself. She is smart, funny and aims to please everyday. Her chocolate brown color is A-typical and we just love it.
Pet Portrait - If you have a quality photo of your pet/horse... send it to me to paint. 50% up front and the rest when you order a print. Priced according to size...see my other prints.
December, 2018 soon after my husband Steve and I moved to the Boston area, we visited the site of the home of my Great(10) Grandfather Thomas SAWIN in Sherborn, MA. To our surprise, it had been taken down (to be moved elsewhere). Bob now lives on the many acres that served Sherborn as the first sawmill.
"Black Stallion and His Mare"
In the Corolla Outer Banks when the wind is out of the west, you can find the mustangs along the shoreline escaping the horse flies that come in on that wind. The picture that I used for inspiration was taken in May 2012, during the prime mating season.
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