|"Biding Their Time"|
Two Chincoteague pony mares heavy in foal graze with a two year old
on the sand dunes of Assagteague Island, Virginia
8 by 10 inch Waterolor
by Linda L Marin, Artist
I think the Chicoteague ponies are some of the best managed wild horses in the country. They are fenced off from tourists on the National Sea Shore to protect the horses. Round ups are done twice a year. Horses that are old or barren mares are gathered, given medical care as needed then released back into the wild until then next round up and are not part of the swim. Horses that are too young to make the swim or if a mare is weak after foaling they are treated to a trailer ride to the pony penning sight. Each "pony" is treated as though it is unique, special and highly valued. Everyone of the Animals has a name.
And something I didn't know is that the horses are rounded up not once a year but twice a year for routine medical care and to wean late foals.
To read more about the Chincoteague Ponies of Assateague Island go to http://www.chincoteague.com/ponies.html
Just a side note:
For those of you who keep up with such things. The auctioneer for the Chincoteague Pony Auction, Tim Jennings, is the brother to the director of Teens Opposing Poverty.org. If you will remember I did a special fundraising painting for that organization which is now on Tour through out the State of Virginia and will be auctioned off sometime in 2012.