Ponies have lived on Assateague Island for hundreds of years, but have been studied scientifically only since 1975 In 1965, twenty one ponies were released into the northern portion of Assateague, within the Assateague Island National Seashore, where their numbers have risen gradually and the animals have flourished It is these feral horses free to roam, forage for their own food and water, and live and reproduce as they choose that Dr Keiper, an animal behavior specialist, has studied and photographed In this book, he presents the fascinating results of his investigations, enhanced by a generous selection of photographs from the vast collection he assembled over a ten year period of study....
|Title||:||The Assateague Ponies|
|Publisher||:||Cornell Maritime Pr Tidewater Pub 1st edition March 1, 1985|
|Number of Pages||:||101 pages|
|File Size||:||783 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Assateague Ponies Reviews
Good study of the historical bloodlines of the pnies. 1992 DNA testing indicated that Shetland and Spanish bloodlines predominated. which indicates that the bloodlines that could best survive on the meager island forage survived. The Shetland bloodlines were introduced when island breeders decided to add pinto coloration to influence sales. The Spanish bloodlines were introduced by two Spanish mustang studs introduced into the herd after disease decimated the herd.
I may be a bit biased, because Ron Keiper was a classmate of
Grandkids loved it.
It was boring.
If you are looking for a great and factual book about the ponies of Assateague, this book will not disappoint you. The pace is rapid and yet quite informative- you will walk away knowing much more about the social structure of the ponies as well as their diet, range, and interactions with humans. This is not the book for you if you are looking for Misty tales, but a good read nonetheless. :)