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Assateague Pony

Assateague Ponies

Bill Swartwout Photography presents photographs of the Assateague Wild Horses in Maryland.

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Affectionately called Ponies...

...by many people, the Wild Horses of Assateague Island National Seashore are just that - wild horses.

They are fascinating creatures, they are beautiful but they are also wild and they are horses.

You, too, should consider calling them horses. If you've ever noticed, much of the Assateague Island National Seashore literature refers to them as horses. There are a couple of reasons for using the term horse/horses.

1) Genetically, they are horses.

2) Educating the public for safety: the term "pony" makes one think of children riding them at a carnival and not the feral critters these really are.

3) This helps distinguish them from the Chincoteague Ponies (also, really horses) of the Virginia herd.

If you visit either the Assateague Island National Seashore or Assateague State Park, be respectful of their "wildness." Please keep your distance and never, ever feed them. They can and do bite and kick.

 

 

Assateague Island Great Egret Ardea alba by Bill Swartwout Photography

 

Assateague Island Great Egret Ardea alba in Black and White by Assateague Pony

 

Assateague Horse Sarah's SweetTea Right Profile by Bill Swartwout Photography

 

Band of Wild Horses along Sinepuxent Bay by Bill Swartwout Photography

 

Linda Rae's Autumn Glory N2BHS-AP by Assateague Pony

 

Lunchtime for Gokey Go-Go Bones by Assateague Pony

 

Portrait of Mieke's Noe'lani by Bill Swartwout Photography

 

The Grass Is Always Greener by Assateague Pony

 

Beautiful Mare Ms. Macky by Assateague Pony

 

I'm the Boss says Patricia Irene to April Star by Assateague Pony

 

Delegate's Pride aka Chip by Assateague Pony

 

Susi Sole N2BHS-M Says Don't Fence Me In by Assateague Pony

 

Assateague Island Pony Patricia Irene by Bill Swartwout Photography

 

Prickly Pear Cactus Flower on Assateague Island by Bill Swartwout Photography

 

Clamshell in the Waves on Assateague Island by Bill Swartwout Photography

 

Assateague Island Sika Deer Fawn by Bill Swartwout Photography