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Horse Country

It started with a 3:45 am wakeup call.  It was pouring down rain.  We waited until 5:00 am to see if it would stop.  It did.  So, out we went to Assateague to watch the “wild pony beach walk” where they herd the wild horses down the beach prior to their swim to Chincoteague later this week. 

We were surprised to be greeted with a beautiful sunrise.

sunrise at Chincoteague

Then we waited, and waited, and waited . . . and waited some more.

sea grass and sunrise

Finally, we saw some movement down the beach . . .

The herd is surrounded by folks on horses called “Salt Water Cowboys”.  They keep the herd together and moving down the beach.Chincoteague beach walk

The helicopter had a great vantage point.HelicopterChincoteague herd

Every once in a while a horse would separate from the herd.  This was a short ocean “chase” . . .Horse in ocean

. . . and this was a short swamp “chase”.Horse roundup in swamp

There were a lot of foals in the group.  In fact, at least once, each of these foals broke away from the herd and had the cowboys rounding them up.

 Foals running down beach

Three foals breaking away

This little guy was particularly persistent. 

foal breaking away from herd

We had romantic visions of seeing the horses running wild down the beach, and while that didn’t exactly happen, it was amazing to experience part of the Chincoteague wild pony event that happens every year. 

 After our trip to Chincoteague, we made our way to Assateague where we were delighted to find some horses on the beach.  We followed them as they made their way up the dune . . .

Horses on sand dune

. . . and onto the beach.Horses walking on beachstallion on beach

They appeared to be very bonded to each other.horses on beachhorses bondinghorses on beach with cloud rolling in

 Here are a few of my other equine images . . .

 

I love photographing horses.  They are so beautiful and to be out in nature with them just feels good.  Here are a few recent images. 

horse grazing in the am

 

horse looking at flowerflower with horse in backgroundhorse outline

 

 

If you’d like to see more images from the barn, you can click on this link for a slideshow.

Horse Swatting FliesHorse Partshorses in motion

Below are images of the horses as they are getting washed off after their exercise.  Thought I’d mention that after my brother called to ask if I had photographed the horses relieving themselves. 🙂hosing down horse hooveshorse trotting around ring