PHOTOS: 2015 Assateague Island Wild Pony Swim

Each year, ponies are herded into and across the Assateague Channel in Virginia. Some are then be auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company to help keep the population in check. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Thursday marked Assateague Island's wild pony swim. Each year, ponies are herded into and across the Assateague Channel in Virginia. Some will then be auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company to help keep the population in check. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Wild ponies are herded into the Assateague Channel during the annual pony swim event from Assateague Island to Chincoteague. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Wild ponies are herded into the Assateague Channel during the annual pony swim. Some will be auctioned off to benefit the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department. The auction helps manage the wild pony population, according to AssateagueIsland.com. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Wild ponies come ashore from the Assateague Channel during the annual pony swim Thursday. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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More than 40,000 people attend each year, according to AssateagueIsland.com. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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People stand in the marsh to watch wild ponies swim. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Wild ponies are about to be herded into the Assateague Channel. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Spectators pet wild ponies after the swim. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Spectators snap photos after the swim. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Seven-year-old Carlin Makibbin of Ocean City, Maryland, kisses a wild pony after ponies swam across the Assateague Channel during the annual pony swim. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Spectators watch wild ponies come ashore. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Spectators pat ponies after the swim. After crossing from the national wildlife refuge, some ponies are auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company during the 90th annual event. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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People walk through the marsh after the swim. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Wild ponies are herded toward the carnival grounds. Some will be auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company during the 90th annual event. The auction helps manage the wild pony population, according to AssateagueIsland.com. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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