Pony Penning Week on Chincoteague

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Pony Swim Complete with Cowboys

The long awaited week has arrived on the Island along with so many people …all here to see the famous ponies. We are excited as everyone else. Even with all the vacations out here before we moved, we never were here for pony swim.pony-beach
It began early yesterday with the salt water cowboys bringing the ponies, about 100, from the north end of Assateague down the beach to join the southern herd of about 50 to be checked by the vet to make sure they are healthy and able to make the swim.

pony-corralIt’s amazing to see all these ponies together.  After a strenuous walk down the beach to the corral, most of the foals were found dozing in the shade or eating. The stallions were having choice words with each other and the mares were rolling their eyeballs at the various displays of temper. Tomorrow is the big swim across the channel and march down the streets of Chincoteague to the fairgrounds where they will hold the auction the following day.

pony-spotted

Not sure I want to see all the babies sold but that’s the way it is. They must keep the number on Assateague at 150 so the foals are sold each year.  All the buyers are checked out, no ponies riding off in the back of a VW bug. :)

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