Chincoteague, Va. | Pony Penning

Chincoteague, Va. | Pony Penning

 Assateague Island National Seashore

We went up to Chincoteague, Virginia for Pony Penning and their annual swim back to Assateague Island National Seashore. This summer we read Misty of Chincoteague and when I found out that Pony Penning day was coming up we decided to take a couple of days for a mini vacation with the girls. We went out on Captain Walt's boat to watch it all happen. This also happened to be Peaches' Second Birthday. She enjoyed the ride while we were going fast but the rest of the time she cried and Poppy kept trying to put her "in the dungeon" so she could quietly watch the ponies. The swim back didn't have as many ponies as the swim there since many of them were auctioned off the day before. It also wasn't as crowded. There were boats of all sizes and this pooch enjoyed the view as much as any humanoid. Before the saltwater cowboys swam the ponies from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island a vet went out and marked the ponies that may not be well enough for the swim so only the healthiest came. Many of the ponies are bought at the auction and then released back to the island until the following year.

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