Pony Penning Days!


chicoteague pinies b.jpg


The ponies are coming! The ponies are coming. It is finally that time of year, when most of the herd of Chicoteague Ponies are rounded up and herded into the pen. Chincoteague Island is about to be overrun by horse enthusiasts, tourists and the curious.! Look out everyone! It is the 2022 Pony Swim on Cincoteague Island!


242722_10151129745448832_1910322383_o (1).jpg


Tomorrow morning, usually about 6:00 AM, the "Saltwater Cowboys" herd the ponies down the beach along the Atlantic Ocean. There are two corrals of ponies, one from Maryland and one from Virginia - this is the day they go from the Northern Corral to meet up with at Southern Corral. Most people don't know about this event, and although it used to be a little known secret, they have taken to advertising it. Most people don't come because, the time is early and the time is early. I really thing that is it because it is a pretty cool scene to watch.


I really don't mind. The diehard pony people are there. We bring coffee and donuts and pass them around. Think of it as the breakfast club.


pony penning.jpg


This weekend, the "Saltwater Cowboys" began to round up the adult wild ponies that live on Assateague Island, which number about 150, along with the about 60, posssibly as many as 70 foals that were born this spring. The entire island lives for this week. This is what they are all about. Everything pony!


purple pony.jpg


It is a heritage the town is proud of and they show it in everything they do. If a pony can fit into it, it will be put there. It's nuts! I know it, and yet, I cannot lie. I help foster that equine love all that I can. I have a soft place in my heart for the little guys.


614692_10151130744968832_1577422616_o.jpg


They will tell anyone that will listen. Don't even get them started. I think she would make a great town crier. Don't you think so? I believe I will be pony swimming all week. Tell me. Tell me. Tell me do. What is up this week with you? Dazzle me with your stories!


20190822_142835.jpg


Flowers. Always. To color my world. #alwaysaflower And Just like that, this show is over! Come back tomorrow and we will do it again! I hope that you have a wonderful weekend and that you are ready to begin, all over again!


All I have are my words, armed in my mind, written in pen, stand by stand. Oh, yes. Still by hand. It has a different feel. Altered not by keys, backspace, and delete, I write, erase, tear it to pieces and start all over again. And again.

It’s my way. I walk out to the deep end of the page and dive right in.

download.jpg



Facebook

Twitter

Instagram




The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost


#TeamUSA is a growing community of quality-content people from the United States or those living here. Check us out on Discord!

TEAMUSAhive_dswigle 1.jpg




0
0
0.000
46 comments
avatar

We bring coffee and donuts and pass them around. Think of it as the breakfast club.

I would accept it anytime in the weekdays. Nowadays I usually start the days with a cup of Cappuchino. Not always. Sometimes with tea. Sometimes with a glass of water.

What is up this week with you? Dazzle me with your stories!

This week is just started. Today is Monday morning. I am currently on a bus to my workplace. I know. This is not really dazzling. Maybe if I try to look at/into the Sun. :-D

Have a nice day. All the best. Greetings and much love from Hungary.

0
0
0.000
avatar

It is easier to share take-out coffee on the beach than a cappuccino, so that wins for that reason. Being on a bus to your job IS dazzling! It means you have a job! But sure, you can look into the sun. Send me some! It is pouring at the moment and I can't even see my hands in front of me.

I am sure it will clear up momentarily! Thanks for stopping by!.

0
0
0.000
avatar

But sure, you can look into the sun. Send me some!

Today morning in Szolnok, Hungary. Normal and wide (0.50x zoom) photos with my smartphone (Samsung Galaxy A12).

The temperature is currently pleasant (18 ˚C) (64.4 °F), but it will be around 34 °C (93.20 °F) in the afternoon.

img_0.590153591709145

img_0.6763091773686737

img_0.1541798605995101

img_0.4933110642663252

0
0
0.000
avatar

Sounds like a very interesting event. It would definitely be cool to see. The early time would probably make it better too, because if the fewer people. I don't know if I missed it in the posts or not but why do they coral the wild ponies? Do they keep some to tame them or is it just for the sport of it?

0
0
0.000
avatar

They corral them to auction off many of the young ones, those that were born in the early spring. There are only so many that the island can support, so they cull the herd every year, auctioning them off to good homes. They corral them to get them together and separate them out. Some go back to the island, some go to the fairgrounds where the auction is. I will be writing another post tonight or tomorrow on the whole process.

They are wild. None are kept, although some of the young ones are auctioned.

0
0
0.000
avatar

Okay I see. Very interesting 👌
Thanks for clarifying

0
0
0.000
avatar

The horse looks so cute on that picture ,it was like smiling😊

0
0
0.000
avatar

I used to love horseback riding a lot , a friend of mine had her own horse and asked m e to look after it when ever she was on vacation . The Horse passed away and she never bought another one. I moved and never picked it up again, but seeing these images makes you want to ride again , although ,, that sadle pain the first weeks ...🤣🤣

0
0
0.000
avatar

The pain is so very true in the first few weeks! Yikes! I hope you do get to ride, I find it very therapeutic in many ways.

The horse passed away while you were watching it?? Or I read that wrong.

Sorry, so late a reply. Still camping and sketchy wifi, so I haven't done anything much online!

0
0
0.000
avatar

Oh I wouldn’t mind getting up that early to see this. Wonderful to see, and what a fun it is the town truly integrated all pony everywhere.
What a fun event. Great you are there for it Denise 😎😁

My week, busy as always, hoping someone comes to fix the air… still not done almost a week later hehehe 🤭 crazy temperatures inside. Luckily we were out all weekend and enjoyed cooler air elsewhere in malls, shops etc. funny thing.
Have a wonderful Monday today 👋🏻☀️💃🏻 Enjoy it. Hope it isn’t too busy… for you.

0
0
0.000
avatar

Well, camping is hot this year! OMG! I didn't know what I was getting into. It is not usually this hot, but, much of what I am doing involves water and sketching wifi.

No posting, but, I will catch up when I get home!

0
0
0.000
avatar

You’re up late ⏰ 😉
Oh sorry to hear it isn’t as pleasant as normally Denise.
The temperatures are way up, I so know. And camping in it… pppffff 🥵🥵🥵
Luckily water is involved. 🌊🌊🌊

Great, will read the market Friday post in a bit, catching up on notifications first, publish a post… and trying to relax the rest of the day. Not feeling that great at the moment. Looks like I got a cold, will check later for other possibilities.
Take care!
Have a lovely Friday 👋🏻☀️

0
0
0.000
avatar

Oh, girl! You better not be carrying covid around in your back pocket!!

0
0
0.000
avatar

Not so far… Tested in the afternoon and it was negative. Luckily… hubby is feeling perfect, just me. Maybe it is from the broken air conditioner and it being toooooo hot inside 🥵

But still, all cold like symptoms and feeling bad 🤒🤧🤧🤧
So will take it easy and have some extra vitamins.

Have an amazing weekend Denise 🤗🥰

0
0
0.000
avatar

I know you love this event and love both seeing and reading about it
I would love to experience it sometime

0
0
0.000
avatar

Do late with the replies! No wifi to speak of. I guess that is sort of roughing git here at the camp.

I do love it and we are having fun. Home Sunday late.

0
0
0.000
avatar

Don’t worry about commenting relax and enjoy your time there

0
0
0.000
avatar

You sure know how to capture moments in pictures, I love the tradition and those pony serves good for sport in the northern part of our world here.

Check out that lovely flower with the touch of red painted nails, it lightens up my moods...

Today is just Monday and am out working on my girls graduation outfits.
I am to get 4dresses ready before midweek and I managed to get through two of them today.

0
0
0.000
avatar

Wow! That is amazing! I am still camping, so sorry for the late reply! There is no wifi to speak of here.

Wow! Graduation already! Did you finish them? I will have to check out your posts next time I get on to see if you posted them.

You are such a good human being! xo

0
0
0.000
avatar

Thank you... Please enjoy the camps and let's hear about that too.

I did finish complete the teenage girls dresses here and graduation happened on 28th of this month which is last Wednesday.

It was a whole lot of fun and full of culture I want to write about them in market Friday later in the day.
Am sure you will enjoy the occasion even from the pictures.

0
0
0.000
avatar

Aw man, I have always wanted to go watch that, and every year I forget.

I will set up a reminder, then forgot that I have it, then forget why I have it. It's a vicious cycle.

Take pictures!

0
0
0.000
avatar

LOL There is no help for you! Hey! How are you feeling now? I was thinking about you the other day, hoping nobody else got it.

My sister just tested positive. Her AND her husband. How fun. Not!

Hi, Victor! @wwwiebe Thanks for stopping by! No wifi to speak of. So late getting back to you!

0
0
0.000
avatar

My sister just tested positive. Her AND her husband.

Well at least they can be miserable together! That's what marriage is all about, isn't it? 😂

Personally, I'm all back to normal for awhile now. The first 3 days were the worst, but the ability to sleep-on-demand absolutely helped. I highly encourage anyone to do that.

0
0
0.000
avatar
(Edited)

What an incredible tradition! I love the breakfast club idea. Pass me a donut please. We have just been given a magnificent (retired show) horse. Everyone is very excited about her, but especially my horse loving three year old who now has her own horse to learn to ride on. And (as far as she is concerned) cuddle with when she sleeps at night .... gulp

IMG_0904 (1).JPG

0
0
0.000
avatar

How cool!!! I am so excited for you (And her!) What a great time in their life to be given a horse! They are the type of kids I would look for if I were giving away any of our horses. Someone who really wants one and who loves all of God's little creatures. ❤️

I am still camping and attending all things pony this week, be back soon. The wifi is sketchy out here! Can't you tell? NO posts!

0
0
0.000
avatar

Interesting!
I took a look at the website www.purplepony.com because I had to laugh about the name. It redirects you to ponyswimstore.com which makes more sense to me - so I still wonder why www.purplepony.com? 😄

0
0
0.000
avatar

It's all about the ponies here! If they use ponyswimstore, everyone uses that term there, so I think it is to get some attention paid to it. Who doesn't want a purple pony? :)

Hi @pundito! Good to see you here! :) Sorry for the late reply, I am out camping on the island. Very little wifi!

0
0
0.000
avatar

Enjoy your time on the island :)

0
0
0.000
avatar

Thank you! Don't do any lottery before I get back! :)

0
0
0.000
avatar

there are so many horses I also like to see horses and also love being able to ride horses. in Aceh there is also a difference and I only saw it directly but never rode a horse.

0
0
0.000
avatar

I hope the heat has slacked off a bit or that you spend a lot of time in the water! Sounds like a fun week! Enjoy the sun and fun!

0
0
0.000
avatar

It has been pretty hot! It has gotten cooler, but, it is too late! It sure has been a fun week! :)

Thank you! It was just what I needed!

0
0
0.000
avatar

What an experience and a fantastic tradition!
Someday, if I happen to be there at this time, I'll get to see the horses... if!
When will that be, I wonder, hahaha.
I love it, @dswigle !
!LADY 😍🌺🤙

0
0
0.000
avatar

Thank you so much! Sorry for the late reply, still camping! Little wifi here! Glad to see you are back!

Thanks for the token!

0
0
0.000