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These two wild Assateague ponies munch out on the bay sea grass at Assateague Island.

Assateague wild ponies have roamed the beaches, pine forest, and salt marsh of Assateague Island since the 1600’s. Assateague Island National Seashore has a combined total of over 300 wild ponies in Maryland and Virginia. Some people believe the horses arrived on Assateague’s shores when a Spanish galleon ship (with a cargo of horses) sank offshore. Others believe the horses arrived by early colonial settlers that allowed them to graze there. A Spanish ship wreck was discovered recently in the waters off Assateague which lends credit to the first theory.

The ponies have become well-adapted and enjoy the solitude Assateague Island offers. Marsh and sand dune grasses, rosehips, bayberry twigs, and persimmons supply the bulk of their food. Assateague ponies are often found feeding on the salt marsh cordgrass along Assateague’s western shoreline. When traveling by boat, you may encounter Assateague ponies along extensive bay habitats and pine forest of the 37 mile barrier island .

Taken with a Nikon D90 and a Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens.

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Comments

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    It must be so thrilling to see these wild ponies! So beautiful!

  • Thanks, it is an experience

    – Monte Morton

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 3 years ago

    This is so pretty, Monte.

  • Thank you Lori

    – Monte Morton

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 3 years ago

    Yes, would love to see these in person. Fine shot, Monte.

  • Thanks

    – Monte Morton

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanover 3 years ago

    Great job, Monte!

  • Always appreciated Monnie

    – Monte Morton

  • trish725
    trish725over 3 years ago

  • Thanks so much Trish

    – Monte Morton

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 3 years ago

    20 July 2011 – 1 image per day

  • Thanks for having me, this is a wonderful group!

    – Monte Morton

  • Jan Siemucha
    Jan Siemuchaover 3 years ago

    Congrats on the feature, great shot !

  • I appreciate that Jan, many thanks!!!

    – Monte Morton

  • Arla M. Ruggles
    Arla M. Rugglesalmost 3 years ago
  • That’s awesome, thank you Aria

    – Monte Morton

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 2 years ago

    I know this scene so well. I love how you captured them in their natural environment.

  • Thanks so much Fran, always appreciated!

    – Monte Morton

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