Chincoteague Horse

One of the several wild horses at Chincoteague NWR in Virginia. The horses are "wild," but are actually cared for by the Chincoteague Fire Department. They are given shots, checked for disease, and are generally well-kept. Each year, the Fire Department swims ponies across the Channel to auction. You can see that this one is branded.

Although this one, like most on these pages, is a distant horse, the distance is more a result of my preference for telephoto compression, natural surroundings, and limited depth of field than of the horses not being easy to approach. You can just as easily shoot the horses standing on the road next to the cars. They are extremely tame. In fact, people have to be told not to hand feed them. Despite the signs and the Fish & Wildlife officers patrolling the area, well-meaning visitors constantly feed and pet them, and there is an occasional bite or kick.

LENS: 500/4 + 1.4x | FILM: Fuji Provia 100F | EXPOSURE: f/5.6 at 1/125" | DATE: 03/01

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