They actually used to roam free in the more populated areas. People kept hitting them so they rounded them up and put them in a remote portion of the northern beach near the border with Virginia that is only accessible via a 4WD vehicle. They still get hit but are heavily protected. There are tours that shuttle people up the beach in converted H1 hummers just to see them.
Common to see them in the yard at my wife's aunt and late uncle's house.
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There are others on the east coast, too.
Most well known are the Chincoteague horses of VA.
There's a good documentary on the Feather Fund and the Chincoteague ponies.
This is the show. My wife remembered the title …
Last edited by Cooper; 08-13-2019 at 03:58 PM.
Corova can only be accessed by driving up the beach.
It's a legit road, and having been pulled over there I now know the posted speed limit is 35mph, but changes to 15mph if you're within 100 yards of another vehicle.
First time I ever camped on the island woke up to one snorting at me at the flap of my tent. Every time we camp there we see them wandering around, all day and night. Worst is one night I stumbled out of the tent and to the bathroom and wandered right into a herd grazing on someone's bag of popcorn left out carelessly. My dogs usually alert us to a pony in the camp.
The Assateague ponies are federally protected, too. Pretty sure the Outer Banks herd is as well. When I was a kid vacationing with my family in Corolla it was not uncommon to wake up to a giant pile of horse crap on your driveway.
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The only involvement my wife would have is picking our drunk asses up from the bar after and she would take us to get drunken poutines.