Sunday, May 21, 2006

Horses that dig wells...

Huh, I've never heard of this before... Wild horses off North Carolina live on Shackleford banks, a small 9-mile long island, and they will dig themselves watering holes. I didn't know horses would do that. According to the website, http://www.shacklefordhorses.org/about.htm these horses have very unique territorial behavior... but it doesn't explain exactly what those behaviors are.

There seem to be a lot of wild horses off the Eastern coast, there is an island off Georgia that has them, and of course Asseteague and Chincoteague islands... and I'm sure there are others. But these horses don't seem to be managed by BLM like mustangs are.

The pic on this page, of the "flaxen" stallion http://www.shacklefordhorses.org/stories/colors.htm is actually a bay silver dapple... rare color and he is a GORGEOUS example of one, one of the most striking silver bays I've seen.


  • Just to comment, Assateague and Chincoteague island horses are managed. Once a year, healthy horses a rounded up and swum across and later auctioned off to the public.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:47 AM, June 14, 2006  

  • My Sulphur Springs horses dig for water all of the time, unfortunately, they dig in their water tank. Water goes everywhere! We have one Sulphur Gelding that will break the ice on their water tank in the winter.

    By Anonymous Judy, at 10:28 AM, February 13, 2007  

  • My registered Spanish Mustang (SMR) has dug up the water pipes, that run under her paddock, twice now. Both times, she excavated a huge pit, 3+ ft deep, 6+ ft across. And both times, it was during a severe drought. She had plenty of fresh water in both of her buckets. (We always keep dual water sources in every pen, in case of contamination, or mechanism failure.) We think she was just acting on her breeds strong "non-genetically-lobotomized", survival instincts, and wanted to be sure that we would all have a guaranteed supply.

    By Anonymous Equus fanaticus, at 6:53 AM, September 05, 2007  

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