WILD PONIES OF CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND

October 29, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Two herds of wild horses make their home on Assateague Island, separated by a fence at the Maryland-Virginia line. These small but sturdy, shaggy horses have adapted to their environment over the years by eating dune and marsh grasses and drinking fresh water from ponds. While they appear tame, they are wild, and Park Rangers urge visitors not to feed or pet them. The Maryland herd is managed by the National Park Service. The Virginia herd is owned by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company. They are beautiful to watch and photograph and it's one of my favorite nature adventures on the East Coast. 

I photographed these wild ponies one beautiful sunny afternoon on Chicoteague Island. 

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