Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tanned and weathered, bearing bandanas and sweat-stained hats, the Salt Water Cowboys of Chincoteague Island set out to round up the wild ponies of Assateague Island for the 85th annual Chincoteague Wild Pony Swim. It's a job held close to their hearts as a rite of passage, handed down from their grandfathers and then to their sons. People flock to the Eastern Shore every year hoping to catch a glimpse of these horses with the tangled manes that leave fleeting hoofprints along the shoreline - only to be washed away until next year.

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