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Wild pony on the sand dunes of Assateague Island, a 37-mile long barrier island located off the eastern coast of Delmarva. The northern two-thirds of the island is in Maryland while the southern third is in Virginia. The feral horse population of Assateague Island is alternately known as the Assateague horse in Maryland and the Chincoteague Pony in Virginia. Photo by Michael Mill.
Chincoteague Island: Wild Horses. This is actually Assateague Island which is the outer barrier island. Since the last twenty years the ponies don't come over on to Chincoteague except during the annual "Penning". Years ago it was a shocker to go out at 2 am to the outhouse and see the red eyes in the fog. I have found a dozen at times in her Mom's back yard. They are the descendants of those who swam to shore when Spanish Galleons wrecked in the Atlantic just off the Islands.