National Geographic : 1938 Jul
Photograph byJohn Patric BACK TO THEIR ISLAND RANGE WILD HORSES SWIM AGAIN AFTER "PONY PENNIN' "ON CHINCOTEAGUE Herds of small, wiry animals, said to be descended from survivors of a Spanish shipwreck, roam on Assateague, a 33-mile long, low, sandy strip ofland inthe Atlantic. Every summer some are rounded up and sent swimming to Chincoteague, where they are sold for children to ride. Unsold ponies are driven to the channel between the islands, chased into the water, and allowed to swim back to their insular freedom. Infusion of Shetland pony blood, long ago, reduced the animals' stature (page 5).