Date(s) - 10/13/2018
The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company and the Saltwater Cowboys will round up the north herd of Chincoteague Ponies on Assateague Island to check on the overall health of the ponies and to see any new foals that have been born.
Saturday morning (around 8:00 a.m.) the cowboys head up the service road to round up the northern end of pony herd and corral them into the north pen. The northern end round up takes about 5-6 hours to complete because of the number of ponies in the northern herd and the amount of land that has to be covered to round up the ponies. Parking is available at the Wildlife Loop parking lot. The public is allowed to walk up the Service Road to the cattle grate at any time of the day. Please be aware that this requires a three-mile walk one way (6 miles round trip) on a gravel road. Access farther north will be permitted after round up activities are completed.
When the cowboys are rounding up the north end on Saturday morning, our vet is busy doing his checks on the ponies in the south corral. The vet team gives inoculations against West Nile and equine encephalitis, deworming, checks hooves and teeth and basically does an overall check. After the vet is done with the southern end, the ponies are released back into the wild and the vet heads up the northern corral to perform the same services on those ponies. Once he is done there, they are released into the wild to roam and await the next round up, which take place during Pony Swim week.