The Horses of Assateague Island

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By Patricia Zick @PCZick

We traveled to the Maryland seashore recently, which allowed us to discover the wild horses of Assateague Island. We saw a movie about them in the visitor center. The horses roam the marsh seeking food and run on the beach to escape the mosquitoes. A nature walk led us to the marshes. There they were grazing and ignoring the tourists snapping photos from the boardwalk yards away. DSC02634DSC02631

DSC02633The stallion chooses his mare. But soon the family grows when another mare joins. One stallion usually ends up with five or six mares in his harem. The youngsters are set out to wander to form or find their own tribe. The folks at the Assateague Island National Seashore developed a unique program to keep the population stable. The horses love the grasses that help slow beach erosion. Controlling the number of horses born each year assists in conserving the habitat.DSC02632

4 thoughts on “The Horses of Assateague Island

  1. How beautiful! I am so glad you got to visit and share these photos. I’ve longed to see the wild ponies of the marshes, but thanks to your lovely post I almost feel like I was there. Thanks so much for sharing. Hugs, Gina

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