The Wild Horses of the Outer Banks
By Joyce and Jim Lavene
The wild horses of the Outer Banks in North Carolina are a stubborn breed of independent mustangs. They still roam free north of the town of Corolla, and other spots in the coastal environment. They survive in remote areas where tourists flock to take their pictures, spending days and dollars to visit them in their habitat.
These horses are believed to have descended from Spanish mustangs that made the swim from abandoned ships to the island. They survived shipwrecks and wild seas to graze peacefully along the full-length of the Outer Banks. There were thousands of the horses in centuries past but their numbers have dwindled as man has encroached along this stretch of water known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic.
We, as writers, are always wondering, asking what if something might be different than everyone thinks it is. What if the wild horses came before the Spanish? What if their history is older than we thought? What if the people who brought them here had darker reasons for being here?
In Dae’s Christmas Past, book six in the Missing Pieces Mysteries, we explore the possibilities of what brought the wild horses to the Outer Banks with our psychic mayor, Dae O’Donnell.
Dae loves her home, Duck, (a real town) and uses her psychometric skills to help find missing people and things. She, and pet psychic Mary Catherine Roberts, may be the only ones who can help the wild horses learn the truth about their past.
The wild horses are protected now from present-day hunters and those who might otherwise hurt them. Dae and her friends want to make sure the horses continue to live free, in a place of safety, where thousands of people can appreciate their beauty.
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