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    03-12-2011, 03:10 PM
Chincoteague Ponies

Hi! I really like the book Misty of Chincoteague, and it has sparked an interest. I really want to see the Pony Swim this year, and was wondering if anyone of you lives near or has ever been to the Pony Swim, I would really appreciate information on how early to get there, how much Chincoteague Ponies usually cost, etc. Thank you!

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    03-13-2011, 05:07 AM
Haha I think I am a fair way from that! I love them though! I think they are so cute and cuddly and I am partial to their colouring Gotta love their beautiful pinto coat, I would have one in a heartbeat
    03-13-2011, 11:42 AM
Me too!

Originally Posted by PintoTess    
Haha I think I am a fair way from that! I love them though! I think they are so cute and cuddly and I am partial to their colouring Gotta love their beautiful pinto coat, I would have one in a heartbeat
    03-13-2011, 10:38 PM
Do you own them?
    04-05-2011, 09:14 PM
I just joined this forum and wanted to reply to all your threads! My computers being really slow today though. I did get a few pictures posted for you... I have been to the pony penning and was so impressed by these ponies that a year later I ended up getting a small herd. Most are from the swim. I wanted to raise them in CA because they are practically unheard of here. They make such excellent sport ponies, and they are so smart! They are real characters. More so than any other horses that I have known. Go to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department web page to get info on the swim.
I brought home 12 ponies and have sold a few. Now I have 7. Along with several other horses... I'd really like to find good homes for three boys. Let me know if anybody's interested. I opted not to breed them unless the economy and horse market picks up. I absolutely cannot let one of my ponies fall into the wrong hands! Since my husband, kids and I drive all the way across the country to visit family, I can even offer really good transportation:)
I have put a few pictures in my album. If you want to see more you can visit my site,

My little Desert Star colt is straight out of the Sea Star book! Did you read that one?

PintoTess.... I heard of some that were transported to Australia. I sold two to Hawaii...
    04-05-2011, 09:57 PM
I have been to this event, about 24 years ago, I remember it being a very long day. We got there very early to get a good place to watch. Back then the ponys went for about $500.00. Not sure what they go for now. A friend of mine bought one and she loved him.
    04-05-2011, 10:52 PM
When I was there about 5 years ago, the average price was around 1500. A few went for closer to 10,000 and a few went for 1000-1200. With the economy like it is, it may be less now? I thought it interesting that there were several Amish people bidding on them. It is something that I think most horse lovers would enjoy. Although it is sad that the foals are taken from their dams, the people there obviously care a lot for these ponies and they are treated well. It is all very exciting and you have to sit on your hands to keep from bidding :)
    04-11-2011, 05:57 PM
I have seen them and they are gorg. I love them and so cute. I live in PA so it is like a 4 hour drive :P. LOL. I am going to the pony swim for my birthday. I am staying for the auction and the swim! Can't wait.
    04-11-2011, 06:17 PM
Even though we are in CA, my husband is from PA. We try to coordinate the trips to PA with pony penning. At least I do....
They are truly beautiful ponies. Sometimes the ones on the island look a little rough. They have pot bellies from the salt grass, but they turn gorgeous when taken care of and have well built foals.

Have fun when you go! I prefer to stand where they come out of the water as opposed to standing in the park where you can see them go into the water. You can't see both unless you're in a boat. And if it's at all overcast, you can't see them go into the water anyways. The cowboys shoot up a flare when the ponies enter the water.

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