Chincoteague Ponies Hit the Water in Two Weeks

The action begins on July 23 with the southern herd roundup, as explained in the official guide, followed by the northern herd roundup on July 24.

The annual swim occurs on July 27.

The herd includes 150 adults and 60 to 70 foals according to the guide, putting the birth rate above 40%!

The growth rate probably exceeds 35% per year, assuming a 5% death rate.

Most of the foals will be auctioned.  A few will be returned.

When the incident is over the island will resemble the Salt River and Virginia Range, where the advocates are ruining the herds with the Montana Solution:

  • Barren mares
  • Confused stallions
  • Disruption of natural order
  • Breeding patterns determined by humans

The incident would qualify for an episode of Foal-Free Friday.

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