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Corolla horses survive hurricane, 'know the right places to hide'

Posted September 1, 2011 10:55 a.m. EDT

— Corolla's wild Spanish Mustang horses survived Hurricane Irene by being "very resilient" and knowing "the right places to hide," a Wild Horse Adventure Tours spokeswoman said Thursday.

The company, which takes customers on wild horse safaris on the Outer Banks, also made it through the storm and was up and running again on Wednesday.

"A lot of businesses took a beating," said Jennifer Old, an assistant office manager with Wild Horse Adventure Tours. "We've been very fortunate."

The company shut down last Thursday, covered their touring vehicles and moved them to safer locations. On Monday, they began uncovering the vehicles and getting them ready for customers again.

"Thank goodness, we were very lucky in Corolla," Old said. "There was a lot of debris on the beach and some spots flooded, but our tour guides know their way around."

Tour guide drivers and others volunteered and removed debris from the beaches, Old said. Drivers said the horses looked OK, and no injuries were reported, she said.