Three Chincoteague foals have passed away this year ahead of this year’s Pony Penning, according to Chincoteague’s Volunteer Fire Company.
The foals Flower, Seaside Miracle and Magic have died, the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company said in a Facebook post. They stressed in the post that it was an unfortunate but normal thing that can happen, even with the care they receive.
“Over the course of every foal season we are fortunate that so many are born safely and successfully in the wild. No vet, no supervision and no barn. Just as they have done for hundreds of years,” the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company said in the Facebook post. “Although the Fire Company is lucky to have anywhere from 50-80 foals, there are always some that don’t make it to Pony Penning.”
“In recent history we have been successful in saving many foals and adults alike because there are so many people that see them daily who can alert us if there is a problem before it becomes life threatening. Sometimes Mother Nature has different plans and no matter the circumstances a foal can perish with even the very best care.”
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This year’s annual Pony Penning festivities are set to kick off the week of July 24, with the Pony Swim taking place on Wednesday, July 26, and the auction the following day.
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