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Annual pony swim draws a crowd

Members of Coast Guard Station Chincoteague (Va.) held their annual Pony Swim on Wednesday.

Wednesday marked the 86th annual pony swim where more than 150 wild Assateague ponies swam from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island as part of the annual Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival.

Chincoteague Wild Ponies: Two herds of wild horses make their home on Assateague Island, separated by a fence at the Maryland-Virginia line. These small but sturdy, shaggy horses have adapted to their environment through the years by eating dune and marsh grasses and drinking fresh water from ponds.

Each year tens of thousands of spectators come to watch “saltwater cowboys” swim the pony herd from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island.

Click here for a full report with slideshow.

Click here for the official pony swim site with the history of the event.