Horses at Chicoteague, VA


When I moved to Virginia I had no idea that wild horses still existed anywhere on the east coast. Well, there are. Spanning the border between Virginia and Maryland on the Eastern Shore lie Chincoteague and the Assateague Island National Seashore . The area is composed of white sand beaches, salt water marshes, tidal creeks and grasslands and is a protected sanctuary for wildlife, mainly a large variety of birds. However, the main attraction is the wild horses that roam around freely in the area. This picture captures part of one small herd that decided to cool off in the shade for a while conveniently close to where I happened to be on Labor Day 1995. Each July, some of the horses are corralled and sold at auction, I assume to keep their population to a sustainable number.

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