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By: Catie Leary on July 5, 2016, 7:02 a.m.
Feral Chincoteague ponies

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Chincoteague ponies

Chincoteague ponies are one of the most well-known feral equines on the East Coast.

While they are often referred to as "ponies" due to their appearance, they are actually more genotypically similar to horses.

The term "Chincoteague" also leads to confusion because the horses technically live on Assateague Island, which is split in half by the border of Maryland and Virginia. The ponies on the Maryland side live in Assateague Island National Seashore while the Virginia ponies live within Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.