Wild Ponies Swim Across Assateague Channel

Wild ponies made their annual swim across the Assateague Channel on Wednesday.

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Wild ponies are rounded up and herded to a holding pen before making their annual swim across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague Island, on July 21, 2012 in Virginia.
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Saltwater cowboys prepare to round up wild ponies and heard them to a holding pen before making next weeks annual swim across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague Island, on July 21, 2012 in Assateague Island, Virginia. Each year the wild ponies are auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company.
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Wild ponies are herded into the Assateague Channel to for their annual swim to Chincoteague Island, on July 25, 2012.
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Each year, a number of wild ponies are auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company to leave enough food for those remaining in the wild.
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Wild ponies cross a small creek after being rounded up to be herded to a holding pen before making the annual swim across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague Island, on July 21, 2012.
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Wild ponies cross a small creek after being rounded up, to be herded to a holding pen before their annual swim across the Assateague Channel.
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Saltwater cowboys prepare to round up wild ponies and heard them to a holding pen.
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Saltwater cowboys prepare to round up wild ponies and heard them to a holding pen before making the annual swim across the Assateague Channel.
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Saltwater cowboys prepare to round up wild ponies and heard them to a holding pen before making next weeks annual swim across the Assateague Channel.
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Onlookers watch the wild ponies in a holding pen. Each year, a number of wild ponies are auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company because there isn't enough food to support all ponies in the wild.
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Wild ponies are herded into the Assateague Channel to for their annual swim to Chincoteague Island, on July 25, 2012.
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Wild ponies are herded into the Assateague Channel to for their annual swim to Chincoteague Island, on July 25, 2012.
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A saltwater cowboy waits for wild ponies to swim across the Assateague Island channel to Chincoteague Island, on July 25, 2012 in Virginia.
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Wild ponies are herded into the Assateague Channel.
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People wait to watch the wild ponies swim across the Assateague Channel. Every year wild ponies are rounded up to be auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company.
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Wild ponies are herded into the Assateague Channel to for their annual swim to Chincoteague Island, on July 25, 2012 in Chincoteague, Virginia.
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Wild ponies are herded into the Assateague Channel to for their annual swim to Chincoteague Island, on July 25, 2012.
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Wild ponies take a break after swimming the Assateague Channel.
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Wild ponies are herded down main street to the fairgrounds after swimming the the Assateague Channel for their annual swim to Chincoteague Island, on July 25, 2012.
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Wild ponies are herded into the Assateague Channel to for their annual swim to Chincoteague Island, on July 25, 2012.
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We'll never forget you, scary horse/man.
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People watch as wild ponies swim across the Assateague Channel for their annual swim to Chincoteague Island.
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Wild ponies are herded down Main Street.
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Wild ponies are herded down Main Street on July 25, 2012 in Chincoteague, Virginia.
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Wild ponies are herded down Main Street on July 25, 2012 in Chincoteague, Virginia.
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People watch as wild ponies are herded to the fairgrounds after swimming across the Assateague Channel.
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