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Assateague Island Legacy Horses

by DrewLUD

The wild horses on Assateague having been living on the island for many years. Thought to have been placed here by settlers, avoiding taxation of livestock, these hearty animals are monitored by the Assateague Island National Seashore and thrive on the island during all sorts of weather. The horses feed on the natural grasses of the island, including poison ivy; find plenty of fresh water and grow long coats in the winter to protect them from the cold. Those who insist upon feeding the horses (even carrots and apples which turns to sugar and can cause colic, sometimes leading to death) contribute to creating an unhealthy environment (e.g., animals approaching cars for handouts and ‘causing them to hang by roadways. This has led to multiple deaths of horses getting hit by cars, along with natural deaths and more!). Assateague Island Alliance (AIA) has created this video to teach people about some of the horses who have lived on the island. For more information about the horses, to foster a wild horse and to learn how you can help us to “Keep ’em Wild,” go to www.assateagueislandalliance.org.