Wild ponies at Assateague

We’d hoped to encounter the famous ponies of Maryland’s Assateague Island on the beach. But on the day of our visit we saw them only along the highway near the entrance to Assateague State Park. These are feral horses, left largely to their own devices, one of the last wild herds in the United States. They seemed unpurturbed by us as we pulled our car over and photographed them from the other side of the road. Few were out this day, and only these two were close enough to photograph, even with my camera at maximum zoom.

Wild ponies at Assateague
Wild ponies at Assateague
Wild ponies at Assateague
Wild ponies at Assateague
Wild ponies at Assateague
Wild ponies at Assateague

Canon PowerShot S95


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6 responses to “Wild ponies at Assateague”

  1. Sam Avatar

    Nice Jim! Always dreamed of photographing wild ponies!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      And to think you don’t have to go way out West to find some!

  2. J P Cavanaugh Avatar

    I had no idea that there would be such a thing as wild horses anywhere near Maryland.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I was surprised too!

  3. Nancy Stewart Avatar
    Nancy Stewart

    Ancestors of the horses brought over from Europe in our country’s early years.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      And ancestors of each other — this is a small community of horses and inbreeding has apparently been a problem!

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