While flooding due to heavy rain closed streets in three South Carolina counties, most horses residing in states from South Carolina to Virginia appear to have weathered the storm as well as possible.
On Oct. 4, a weather system associated with Hurricane Joaquin dropped as much as a foot of rain, turning the streets of Charleston, South Carolina, into urban waterways and causing flooding in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties. Despite the flooding, horses residing near the flood zones were safe.
“We have not had any large animal evacuations,” said Jim Beasley, spokesman for the South Carolina Emergency Management Division.
Meanwhile, horse owners and herd managers further up the cost braced for bad weather. In North Carolina, the Corolla wild horses took shelter where they could, said Karen McCalpin, executive director of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, Inc.
“The rain and flooding itself is not affecting the wild horses at all; there are many, many high spots on the north beach’s 7,500 acres,” McCalpin said. “Also (the horses) often shelter under the carports of the 700-plus houses in their habitat.”
The feral horses at the Virginia Wild Horse Rescue near Virginia Beach also fared well, said the rescue’s president Donna Snow.
“All of the horses are grazing and happy,” Snow said.
But even when the rains subsided, farms as far away from the flood zone as Fredericksburg, Virginia, were met with another kind of bad weather: “Now we’re dealing with the high winds,” said Annie Delp, president of the Eagle Hill Equine Rescue, in Frederic