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The Little Island of Chincoteague
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The Little Island of Chincoteague

As a long time horse lover and wild horse enthusiast, it was a dream of mine to visit the island of Chincoteague to see the small band of wild ponies that freely roam there. Ever since I first read Misty of Chincoteague and Stormy: Misty's Foal in the 5th grade, the story of these horses forever resonated within my memory. It was not until just a few years ago that this dream of visiting the island finally came true. It was this dream coupled with the love of painting and drawing, that made this possible. I visited the island as part of a group of painters attending an artists workshop over a weekend. I finally got to see these little ponies that were such a big part of my childhood. I imagine they are a part of many people’s childhood.

It was this dream, coupled with the love of painting and drawing, that made this possible. I visited the island as part of a group of painters attending an artists workshop over a weekend. I finally got to see these little ponies that were such a big part of my childhood. I imagine they are a part of many people’s childhood.

It was on a wet and rainy day. As we drove to our first painting spot we passed horses walking along the road and grazing in the marsh. It was amazing to see them so free. No fences. Nothing to box them in. Just sea and beach. Upon arrival, we were told not to touch them, but seeing them in person touched me. I was working on a painting of a young, painted stallion when a few moments passed and he, as well as a few other horses, made their way to our group. We had to quickly pick up our easels and paint supplies to avoid any accidents. If it was allowed (and safe, of course), I could have reached up and patted him on the neck. He was that close.  

If you're ever looking for a travel destination, go to the little Island of Chincoteague. The experience will be magical and you will never forget it.

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