A stray pony that
was picked up while enjoying a walk along a Rodanthe beach on Monday
afternoon was returned to its owners soon after it was found, per Dare
County Animal Services.
The pony was spotted unaccompanied and moseying
along the oceanfront, and approached a few beach-goers who in turn
called the Dare County Sheriff’s Office.
“This is one for the books,” said John Graves,
Program Director of the Outer Banks SPCA. “We don’t find a lot of stray
ponies here, and especially walking along the beaches of Hatteras
The pony was friendly and was wearing a harness,
and clearly wasn’t wild or feral, per Graves. The beach-goers who found
the pony intended to take him back to their home’s backyard for the
time being, but the owners were located shortly after word of the
gallivanting pony spread.
“There’s a tightknit horse community around here,
and a ‘horse grapevine,” said Graves. “In the age of social media, it
did not take long at all to find the owner.”
It was unclear how the pony made it to the
Rodanthe shoreline or why it decided to take a stroll, but in his
defense, it was a lovely day to play hooky and head to the beach. “It’s
such a unique situation… but I suppose we all like walking on the beach
from time to time,” said Graves.