Assateague Island, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

The Wild Horses Of Assateague Island

Assateague Island, off the Virginia and Maryland coastline, had a multitude of domestic horses released on its grounds. Some claim that the horses were domesticated Spanish horses from the 1500s. The wild horses there today are descendants of those domestic horses which make them feral.

In 1943, Assateague Island became part of the National Park Service’s Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

Presently, tourists may come to the island to see the wild horses.

Mother and foal grazing a beach on the island (National Park Service Photo).

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