Sunday, April 12, 2015

More Ponies of Chincoteague

This fuzzy little cutie is named Pixie Dust. She was a late foal, born in the summer of 2014, and shortly after she popped into the world her mother, Angel Wings, died of colic. Pixie Dust was taken away from the wild herd on Assateague and raised on a nearby farm. This was the first day she was introduced to the other yearlings of the wild herd. So far, they were rejecting her: chasing her away from their hay piles, snubbing her when she approached, and several times, kicking and biting at her. Veteran herd-watchers were sure they would accept her eventually, once they were released from this corral where they were all waiting for a visit from the vet, and let loose on the reserve. City Science Kids is rooting for Pixie Dust!!

We'll have more news soon about the ponies of Chincoteague. Stay Tuned!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Happy Spring Break!

City Science Kids is in Chincoteague, VA, an island hop away from the Assateague nature preserve, where the wild equines roam (locals call them ponies, even though technically, they're horses)! We'll have more to report soon but meanwhile, here's a photo of the stallion, Riptide. On Monday, he broke out of the island's fenced horse habitation with his band of four mares in tow, including his dam, Surf Queen. When we stumbled on them, rangers were leading the band down the main beach road and back into the enclosure.