When I was about 9 years old my stepfather was a horse dealer. We would go to Chincoteague and he would buy up all the babies not sold. It was sad as they took the little babies away from the mothers and sold them. It was heartbreaking to watch. I don't know if it has changed or not. I do know they introduced other horses to the island. I am now almost 69 so I hope it has changed.
[Our article on Assateague herd management, coming up in the October/November edition of Holistic Horse should enlighten us!]