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depicting a pair of wild horses feeding on grass at Assateague
Island on the Eastern Coast of the states of Maryland and Virginia in the USA. These beautiful
animals are known as Chincoteague Ponies, or Assateague horses
depending on what part of the island they live on.
to legend, the ponies on the island, including those pictured in
our online jigsaw puzzle, all descend from Spanish horses,
which saved themselves by swimming from a shipwreck just off the
American east coast. Another story says that early settlers from
mainland or neighboring islands set their horses free on
in order to avoid paying taxes.
the 1920s the effects of in-breeding became noticed including
bone problems. However, the harsh conditions on the island
that only the host hardy and fit animals were able to survive.
the course of generations the horses became smaller and
tougher under the hard living conditions. In order to revitalize
genetic pool, Welsh Ponies, Shetland ponies and Pintos were
cross-bred with the Assateague horses.
because of the fact that the southern part of Assateague Island
belongs to Virginia and the northern part belongs to Maryland,
horses are divided into two herds, The herds are separated by a
fence which divides the island into two parts. The horses of the
Virginia herd are the ones which are officially known as
Ponies, and belong to the volunteer fire-brigade of
horses of the Maryland herd belong to the National Park service.
herds are limited to approximately 150 adult animals.
year the surplus Chincoteague horses are driven, with the
of boats, to swim across to the neighboring island,
where many of the young foals are then auctioned. The Assateague
Pony is an intelligent animal whose friendly nature, when
domesticated, is well suited to children. The
profit from the auctions is used for the volunteer fire-brigade
Chincoteague as well as toward the preservation of this
race of horses. Those horses who are not auctioned off will
naturally swim back to their own island home on their own
At the south end of Assateague Iceland on the Virginian Eastern shore is the Assateague Lighthouse. Dating back to the 1830s the 43 metre high lighthouse is registered in the National Register of Historic Places. Vehicle access bridges cross over to the island from both Maryland and Virginia, although there is no route that covers the entire length of the island.
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Thanks to Ben Stephenson for the use of the picture of these beautiful wild Assateague horses feeding on the grass.
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