This past month I took a trip to Assateague Island and Chincoteague to see the wild ponies. While I have seen them before, this was the first trip where I really got to focus on these beautiful animals.
What I never realized is that Chincoteague and Assateague handle their ponies differently. (The links above give you more insight into that) The pony in the above photo is on Assateague in Maryland. It was not behind a fence line and was actually about seven feet from me. I had no intention of going up to it as it is wild, and the signs all over the National Park warn that they may bite. I’ve seen horse bites. They ain’t pretty.
On the first day and the morning of the second, we saw Chincoteague’s ponies. They were close, but not like Assateague’s. On a boat ride around the island, we did see a mare that had separated herself from her string(yes, that is what a group of ponies is called). She was on a sandbar by herself, very pregnant. In fact for 15 minutes we watched her actions. She was going to give birth any moment. That would have been quite a sight. But not one we got to witness. Here are some shots I took of her actions. It was cool to watch her and record it. I hope you enjoy these magnificent ponies and the photos I took of them.
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