Anyway, once a year, the park personnel round up some of the babies and yearlings for auction. They try to maintain the herd size as it is, so the land can support the herd and they can remain wild & free & protected. My friend and I went to the auction and the Autumn festival held that day. I didn't get a pony (it wouldn't fit in the backseat of his car ), but I did get some yummy fresh made applebutter.
And, I took a few pictures to share with you.
Here's the one I wanted to bring home. Isn't it cute?:
This is just a random shot of the state park. You can see the leaves are just barely beginning to change colors. In a few weeks, it will be beautiful.
|What a BEAUTIFUL DAY!!!!!
Good thing I didn' go, I would have wanted to bring one home too and would have MADE IT FIT
|Tammy, what a beautiful place! It looks like a gorgeous day (I'm sure it was warm!). I love that little pony too. Yeah, I would've tried hard to make it fit!|
|Next year bring a truck and a 2 horse trailer You could get several ponies in a 2 horse......
I hope the ponies went to good homes.
|awww! id want that same exact pony!!!!! but since bailey lives closer and plays better with panda....he is a good subsitute!|
|It is a beautiful place. For anyone who knows the area, it is in Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia. It was a perfect day. We couldn't have asked for better weather. It was cool and crisp in the morning and warmed up to the mid 70s during the day.
Paula, the ponies do get good homes. Several of the people who bought them have purchased from the auction before. The ponies all have to be vetted, because they are truly wild and have not been wormed or anything. But, the folks that I spoke to who had purchased before said they made great pets. One lady has even shown hers in racking (sp?) and won a few awards.
|Those ponies still wild, just like in the westerns? I mean if you went in there would they scatter and rear up and knock over John Wayne and stuff?|
|Tammy---You are so lucky to live in such a beautiful area......I am so jealous.|
|Isn't that what the kids books - "Misty of Chincoteague" , etc are named after? (I think I butchered the spelling).
I was always a horse nut and read anything horse related a million times growing up!
|What beautiful scenery and beautiful ponies.|
|Wow way cool, there like our wild Brumbies in the high country.
They do the same here too, round them up and sell off the younger ones and re-release the others to help the wild herds.
Beautiful area tammy
|Wow Tammy, those pony are all so beautiful. What a beautiful park. It looked like a perfect day. Thank you for sharing.|
Those ponies still wild, just like in the westerns? I mean if you went in there would they scatter and rear up and knock over John Wayne and stuff?
Sort of...they're not exactly afraid of people, but you don't just walk up and put a halter on them either. They're used to people being around since they live in a state park, but they're not used to being handled or approached. There were signs all over the corral saying "Do not pet the ponies" which I ignored, of course. A few of the babies let me pet their noses.
Dawn - I've never heard of the book series you mentioned. But, it sounds like something my niece would like to read.
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