Wild horses are a symbol of freedom and watching them run free is magical. North Carolina’s Outer Banks is home to several harems of wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs. The horses are a vital part of the community and draws thousands of people to the little town every year.
One infamous stallion, Roamer, has been a favorite of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. Roamer’s picture is featured on an educational billboard for the fund, as a breed ambassador. His name is very fitting since wild horses “roam” all day grazing.
The fund took to Instagram to announce the passing of the beloved horse. They posted, “It is with incredible sadness that we must announce the death of our beloved stallion Roamer.”
He was found in early December showing signs of colic. The vet was called immediately to examine him. “She and our staff did everything in their power to save Roamer, but he had a tear in his GI tract that led to sepsis. It was less than 24 hours after he first showed signs of colic that we made the difficult decision to let him go,” posted the fund.
Even though he was a wild horse, people formed a tight bond with him. “This has been absolutely devastating for all of us, and it’s a great loss for the Corolla herd as well. However, Roamer leaves behind his offspring on the beach and his legacy as an ambassador for his breed. We take comfort in knowing he will live on in those ways, but we are still grieving, and will be for a long time.”
A picture of the beautiful boy running along the beach accompanied the sad news. He will never be forgotten and now is galloping across the rainbow bridge. “Rest free and easy, Roamer. We love you.”
Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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