You might have
heard about the Chincoteague ponies because Marguerite Henry wrote a famous
book called “Misty of Chincoteague”. Chincoteagues are wild ponies living on the
coast of Maryland and Virginia. There are two pony herds that live
on a small island called Assateague Island.
There is a fence along the border of Maryland
and Virginia. The ponies are healthy, strong. The
Chincoteague Valley Fire Department makes sure that the ponies are well fed and
cared for. Only one hundred fifty ponies
are allowed on Assateague Island so an auction
is held every year in July to sell some of the ponies. The pony auctions began in 1925 to help raise
funds for the fire department that cares for the ponies. How do people get the
ponies to auction? They round them up and the ponies swim across the channel
from Assateague Island to ChincoteagueIsland. Thousands of
people come to meet the ponies and try to buy one. What would you do if your
parents bought one for you? You would need to have him professionally trained.
Remember he’s a wild pony, even though he looks cute and sweet. He needs to
learn manners, just like you did when you were younger.Even if
you can’t come to the Chincoteague pony auction, you might be able to visit Virginia between May and
October. That’s the time of year that you can take tours of the Islands and watch the ponies roaming around. You can
admire them and see the little baby ponies (called foals) exploring their world. I hope you enjoyed learning about these cute little ponies. My sister, Holly, trained one of them when she was only 5 years old!