Ponies are re-released after their semi-annual medical check on Assateague Island off Virginia
A member of the "Saltwater Cowboys" holds the gate open to re-release ponies into the wild after the animals were rounded up for their semi-annual medical check-up on Assateague Island off the Virginia Coast October 26, 2013. The Assateague wild ponies, a huge draw for tourists, have roamed the beaches, pine forest, and salt marsh of Assateague Island since the 1600s. Assateague Island National Seashore has a combined total of over 300 wild ponies in Maryland and Virginia. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS TRAVEL SOCIETY)
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