When I was 11 years old, I made a deal with my parents that if I did all my chores perfectly for a month I could go to Assateague Island and see the wild horses. To my parents' surprise, I fulfilled my bargain and my dream trip came true. Yearly visits to Assateague Island National Seashore and nearby Chincoteague are now a long-standing family tradition.Imagine ponies running free on the beaches of their own windswept island and cooling off in the surf. That is what you'll find on Assateague Island National Seashore, a barrier island off the coast of Maryland and Virginia. The island's lucky ponies are cared for by the volunteer fire company of the local community who attends to their health, but leaves the horses to enjoy their life in the wild.