As we drove onto Assateague Island, I had visions of wild horses running through the ocean surf with their coats glowing in the sun. Well we found the horses, and their coats were glowing in the sun but....they seemed to enjoy the roads more than the beach lol . Still an incredible sight to see! The horses of Assateague are some chill characters for sure. They really don’t seem to mind people and even as the cars drive by, they just go about their business. We did manage to find a few grazing in the wetlands but the highlight was getting up close and personal with a new baby foal (last slide). .
HISTORY & FACTS: The wild horses of Assateague have been around since the 1600’s. Some believe they arrived when a Spanish galleon ship sank off the coast, and the horses swam to shore. This is only a theory yet the recent discovery of a Spanish ship wreck near the island lends to its authenticity.
The barrier island of Assateague is home to over 300 of these horses and is shared by two states, Maryland and Virginia. A fence at the state boarder separates the herds and each state exercises its own resource management techniques. The National Park service and Fish & Wildlife Service do their part by making sure a healthy population is maintained and at a level that the seashore can withstand. This includes contraceptive vaccines administered through dart gun and an annual pony swim where some of the horses are herded to the mainland. Other than that, these horses run wild and free and will continue to do so for many years to come! Want more info? check out assateagueisland.com or NPS.gov/Assateague - 22 hours ago