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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 .

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

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  • vigor
    vigoralmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

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  • Noel78
    Noel78almost 2 years ago

    As usual, So beautiful my friend!

  • Greatly appreciated, thank you!

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  • Berns
    Bernsalmost 2 years ago

    Gorgeous b/w !

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  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanalmost 2 years ago

    Fabulous detail – beautiful in B&W!

  • Always appreciated Monnie, thanks!

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  • NewfieKeith
    NewfieKeithalmost 2 years ago

    Great Capture !!!

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  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsalmost 2 years ago

    Love the detail of the mane and detail of their hair. Lovely in this B&W

  • Thanks so much Karen, always appreciated!

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  • JRPowers
    JRPowersalmost 2 years ago

  • Greatly appreciated JR, thank you!

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  • liza1880
    liza1880almost 2 years ago

    Lovely image

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  • Sue Ratcliffe
    Sue Ratcliffeover 1 year ago

    Congratulations! Featured Feb 16 2013. Great image!!!!!!!

  • Greatly appreciate the feature Sue, thanks so much!

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