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Wild Horses of Assateague Island MD

 
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Jun 11, 2012 16:26 |  #1

I did a bit of a rough trip this past Friday. Mission: Wild horses. I drove five hours from PA to Assateague MD. Spent an hour or so there and then drove another hour and a half to Chincoteague VA. Then I drove back to PA all in the same day! It was totally worth it though imo. I have a strong affinity for horses and this year I am doing a project on the wild horses of the east coast.

I had much better luck finding horses in Assateague than in Chincoteague. The horses on Assateague were plentiful and scattered in bands around the dunes as they ate the wild grasses. There were many different colors and I really enjoyed watching the paints which have large unique markings. The best band of paints that I found was in the campgrounds but I was out of time and needed to head out to VA for my next location.

In Chincoteague I took to the marshes on a little sunset boat cruise but the only horses that the guide (not his fault, just how it goes sometimes) could find after an hour of searching were extremely far away in the shallow grass almost in the woods of the dunes. Dots in the distance. Just my luck. I plan to go back and try again soon. In the meantime, please enjoy my photographs from Assateague! CC is very welcome!

1.) Navigating the dunes. You can see how tall the dunes were, that's not white sky in the bg it is sand!

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2.) Sun came out from behind wispy clouds right at the perfect moment. This horse had a beat up ear but was still so gorgeous.


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3.) Two mares watching their stallion fight a rival stallion.


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4.) This mare had big beautiful, expressive eyes.

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5.) Watching me.

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6.) Two stallions arguing. They were far out in the dunes so it isn't the best photo from a technicial standpoint but I loved the electricity between these two stallions.

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7.) I want to name this horse Flip for her long mane parted on either side.


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8.) I just love the long sun bleached hair.


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Thank you for looking! More from Assateague and other photos are on my site at TorvaTerra.com (external link)

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Jun 11, 2012 17:30 |  #2

Beautiful pics!!! The first one is OUTSTANDING! Thanks for sharing:D


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Jun 11, 2012 18:33 |  #3

Nice shots! I camped in Assateague a few years ago and it was amazing seeing all the feral horses. The mosquitoes almost soured the experience though...


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Jun 12, 2012 05:44 |  #4

All beautiful shots...but the head to head stallions are my favorite.


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Jun 12, 2012 09:24 |  #5

great shots, very nicely done




  
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Jun 12, 2012 09:53 |  #6

beautiful shots...that mane is pretty amazing on a wild horse.


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Jun 12, 2012 09:59 |  #7

AWESOME!


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Jun 12, 2012 10:35 |  #8

Awesome set. KUDOS to you.


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Jun 12, 2012 11:37 |  #9

They are all beuatiful ! Can't hardly believe that first picture is not a quarter horse tho .




  
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Jun 12, 2012 11:45 as a reply to  @ Celestron's post |  #10

Oh my, they are stunning! Well done. Wish I had been there!


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Jun 12, 2012 15:28 |  #11

Great shots! The first one is spectacular!!




  
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