Market Friday: Chincoteague Pony Auction: Don't Forget to Pay the Lady!

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The Saltwater Cowboys rounded up the northern herd on Sunday, close to daybreak. They allowed them to rest for a short while, then the mares and foals were separated at the carnival fairgrounds. This is where the auction usually takes place and the foals stay there until their pick-up day. The remaining herd will be released back into the wild. If this seems harsh, keep in mind that to keep the herd at a sustainable size, most of the foals are actioned off.


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Mother and babies spent their last night together, unbeknown to them. The very next day will be a whole new life for them. The last auction was in 2019. Seems like forever ago that they were able to run wild, taking a stroll on the beach in the sun. The Chincoteague Pony Swim and Auction is an annual event that is always held on the last week of July. It is sponsored by the caretakers of these free-spirited ponies, the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company. This year brought us the 97th year of the Chincoteague's Pony Swim/Parade and Auction. A few select foals are kept as buybacks. These are selected for dominant traits they may have, allowing them to replenish the herd.


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How to Bid:


  1. Arrive early! It is always crowded and I always like to get as close to the front as possible. There are no bleachers, so bring a chair.

  2. Sunscreen!! It is always hot and you won't want to leave. Your pony may be brought up next! Bring water or make sure you get a drink before taking your seat. I bring a notebook and a pen to write the winning bids down. I have been keeping track of the bids.

  3. No registration is necessary for the in-person auction. If you raise your hand, you bid. Simple as that! This year, for the very first time, they had both online and in-person. It was live, so if you couldn't be there, you could still bid. You must register prior to the auction.


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Each year the Fire Company designates a select few ponies as "Buy Backs". A Buy Back Pony is a foal that is designated by the Fire Company to return to Assateague Island to live out its life there. The Buy Back Pony will be auctioned with the rest of the foals. The winner of a Buy Back Pony will get to name the Pony before it is returned to Assateague. Buy Back Ponies replenish the herd on Assateague. Buy Back Ponies have actually become some of the highest-priced ponies sold at the auction.

Proceeds from the sale of one foal annually go to a regional charity. Past recipients have included Wounded Warriors, Hospice, Palliative Care of the Eastern Shore, and Alzheimer's Adult Care.

Each year the Feather Fund helps deserving children purchase ponies at the auction. The Feather Fund is a charity that was created to honor the memory of Carollynn Suplee, a woman who came to Chincoteague annually to help children buy ponies at the auction until she passed away from cancer in 2003. To learn more visit www.featherfund.org. See enire Chincoteague Island Pony Swim Guide here.


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I am always amazed at how gentle these wild ponies are. It must have something to do with not feeling threatened. It was hot and humid. If it wouldn't have made a speckle, I might have lined up with the little kids to get hosed off.


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Look at her. Doesn't her nose sort of look like a heart? I think it does and, of course, so did the person bidding on her. You can never go wrong with a heart. ❤️


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There was one little glitch that I have never seen before. One pony was sold to two people. The mix-up was the result of serious miscommunication. The person with all the kids got to keep the pony and the other person was happy to pick another pony in its place. Everyone left happy.


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Sold!!! The red shirt and a big smile! Don't forget to pay the lady!

This event is still hosted by the regular Chincoteague Pony auctioneer, Tim. We love Tim and his wife, who helps him out. Happy to see them continue to keep their Chincoteague family together.


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Isn't he cute?? My little guy was smaller than this one. I could pick him up and put him in my van. The ride home for your new foal must be approved by the committee. Yes! They have a pony committee. You need a horse trailer, although you could fit one easily into your vehicle when they are young. All ponies must be picked by 5 pm Friday.


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What is the Chincoteague Ponies' social structure?


The wild ponies on Assateague Island congregate in small groups, called "bands". Each band has one dominant stallion and the rest are mares that the stallion breeds with. The number of mares a particular stallion has in his band is dependent upon how dominant the stallion is. The stronger the stallion the more mares he is able to win when fighting other stallions on the Island. The dominant stallion will kick his male offspring out of the band after a couple of years, once the colt has reached sexual maturity. Young bachelor males tend to form their own small band until they become big and strong enough to begin fighting for and winning mares from other stallions. Likewise, female offspring are eventually chased off by their mother to prevent inbreeding. source


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The foals were a little scared and a little excitable, although I have to admit, they were impressive.


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Bring your Pocketful of money. I wanted to ask if they would take crypto. I mean, why not? It was so thrilling to see some of these young people so excited to score the bid. They looked so excited. Good luck to all of them! ❤️


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And just like that, this post is done. I hope you had a good time and learned a little something new. As always, I want to thank you for taking the time to visit, and just remember, #MarketFriday loves you! Thank you for supporting the challenge! Have a most fabulous day! Cheers!!


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I want to thank you for stopping by and reading my post. This is the end of the line for the auction, tomorrow they swim back to Assateague Island, using the same method in reverse. It has been hot and humid, but, I would do it all over again.


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Price History for Ponies

2022 (in-person w/ online bidding) - 63 ponies (including 10 buybacks) $450,200 (record) for 63 ponies---- 10 buybacks; average cost $7,146 (record); high bid $32,000 (buyback)(record); low bid $2,500 (record)

2021 (COVID-19 Online Auction) - 75 ponies (including 10 buybacks which sold for $162,950); average cost $3,908 (non-buyback); average cost $16,295 (buybacks); total average cost $5,559; high bid $25,500 (buyback); low bid $2,400; Total sales=$416,950

2020 (COVID-19 Online Auction) - 68 ponies; average cost $5,705; high bid $28,250; low bid $1,800; Total sales=$388,000

2019 - 57 ponies sold, average cost $4,767, high bid $17,500, low bid $1,400, total sales $271,700

These facts and the rest of the history here


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I want one of these Chincoteague Pony foals as a playmate for our Siberian husky (sshhhh, that's just an excuse - truth is I've wanted one since the first time I saw a pony/horse!)

How much is the lowest and highest you've seen a Chincoteague Pony auctioned off for, excluding the raffle winners? @dswigle

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The lowest was $400 and the highest was this year at $32,000! It is funny that you asked that as I never put that info in, but, this year I did. :)

Isn't it crazy they bid that high?? I say that, but, it is a great cause! I think your doggie would love a playmate! :)

Thank you for stopping by and leaving your words!

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Thanks, Nina! I am off to bed! :)

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So many projects supported by pony sales, interesting how buy-back brings funds into coffers to keep this project running.

Cute ponies in the wild would naturally be chased from parents at a certain age, lovely to learn more about the workings on the day Denise.

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A legacy group has been formed where many pool their money together to purchase a buyback and boost the funds. I belong to it and it has been fun being part of something that does so much good for the island.

Until I got interested in them, I didn't realize how many herds of wild ponies there are here. I only knew about the mustangs.

Hello, Joan! @joanstewart Thanks for stopping by!

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Joining projects like that keeps ones interest up and a feeling of well being, so many animals need that little extra to keep going with friendly people supporting them.

Wild horses deserve all we can do, after all we placed them in a situation when no longer needing them to 'work' for us.

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I can't disagree with that sentiment, Joan. Thank you so much!

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Those ponies are so cute and I have loved this series

here is my post for this week,

https://peakd.com/hive-196308/@tattoodjay/market-friday-the-whaling-city-festival

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Thank you, JJ! @tattoodjay I think they are pretty and they have so many different coats to the breed, although the pinto-looking pony best describes the average one. Thanks so much for supporting the challenge! And dropping your link! Pinto pony below, the lighter-colored one is getting ready to rumble! :)

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Are those ponies yours?

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No, they are on the island. I have three, but only one Chincoteague. I was just showing you what the predominant markings are. This is Henry.


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Ok I should have known that

Henry looks a beauty

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Thank you. I love how this breed has long tails and manes. I would even call them luxurious. :)

Thanks so much, JJ! I hope you and Lulu are having an amazing day!

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wonder how they do it if you bid online , will your pony be shiped with the ponyexpress or fedex ?😁
have a great weekend

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I'll look into it for you. My thoughts are that they will ask if it can swim distances. They are very durable!

Hello, Mick! :) @stresskiller

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Wow, this is awesome! They are beautiful, to say the least!

And yes, that little one's nose really does look like a heart, doesn't it...?

It's a bit sad where you mention the little ones spending their last night with their mother without either of them knowing it...but as you say, it has to be done. As long as they find a good home, that's the important part as far as I am concerned!

Oops...one pony was sold to two people...? I'm just glad it could be sorted out and everybody was happy in the end. That could have ended in a difficult situation...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos and for sharing the whole experience with us!

You will find my entry here for this week.

Have a great day!

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Thank you so much! I love the little heart on his nose! Every year, there is one it seems. A few years back, it was in the middle of his forehead. It was the cutest I have ever seen!

Finding a home is the most important, leaving it in the wild would surely be the demise of many. I couldn't believe the oversold pony! Thankfully, most people there are understanding and know things can happen. It all worked out for the best.

Thank you for joining the challenge and dropping the link! Here is the one with the heart on the forehead!

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My oh my...!!! That is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing this photo!

I'm glad that people are understanding in those situations and that everything worked out for the best.

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I am too! It made it so much nicer on the person who goofed.

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These Looks funny and interesting, the Chincoteague Pony seems like a great tradition and thanks for those wonderful tips to be put to check before coming to such place.

I do admire horse, and I must confess these ponies looks cute.

Thanks for sharing this Masterpiece with us, here is a link to my post.

https://peakd.com/hive-196308/@vickoly/market-friday-the-important-of-indulging-in-price-survey-to-business

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It is a wonderful tradition that allows the horses to continue living their wild and free life.

They can be wonderful to have as these are easy keeps, they don't need grain, but survive on the salt grass that is there.

Thanks so much for supporting the challenge @vickoly !!

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So wonderful to see and read more about how an auction of the ponies works Denise. Thanks for all the information. Would love to see this in real life one day 😎
It is good for the area to auction of the little ones for sure… so all will have enough to eat.

Beautiful photographs, the smallest ones are just soooo cute. Aawww 🥰😉😊

I joined in with a smaller post today.
“Market Friday” ~ When I visited a Bonsai tree exhibition 🪴🌴🌳🌱
When I stumbled upon a bonsai tree exhibition… it was small but very cool to see.

Have a wonderful Friday @dswigle and a good start of the weekend 😊👋🏻☀️💃🏻

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Small is good, as you can focus more on less. When it is too big, there is too much to cover sometimes. I am fascinated by the bonsai, but, I have never lived long enough in one place to do it.

I do like how they have managed to keep the ponies freedom and raise money. It is a win-win situation.

Thanks for supporting the challenge and dropping your link!

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One day, when we really have settled down, I will start a bonsai. It always have been a dream from me. But like you, we moved to much for it.

Yes, I like that too. It sure is a win-win 🥰

Always dear Denise 😊👋🏻 Happy to join in and support.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Exciting things are happening, lots of changes this month 😉😎

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Hi Denise This is my Market Friday post. Thank you. 💖

https://hive.blog/hive-196308/@ellenripley/market-friday-epic-charity-shop-fail

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Woo hoo! An @ellenripley original! You know how I love them! Thanks for supporting the challenge and dropping the link! Always good to see you!

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I've not been spending much .... 😁

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Haha! I buy a little but spend more!!! Unfair!

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Ahhh... it is amazing these creatures... so cute when they are little, magnificent when they have grown. I loved riding before, I still love it... but it is not sustainable where I am. It is one of those dreams I have set aside.
!LADY 😍🌺🤙

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They are gorgeous and they are so smart. Okay, they are adorable when they are little! If it is not sustainable where you are, can you not join a riding club where they have some lovely riding horses?

No need to dash those dreams.

Thank you for the tip!

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I have not seen anyone lifting a pony so far. That is impressive. Even by two people. Somehow I thought that even the ponies are too hard to lift them up by humans.

!LUV.

By the way, this is my entry for the #MarketFriday today: I bought a mouse for my HP 15s laptop, and I played Valorant for the first time - #MarketFriday (2022.08.05).

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That is impressive, isn't it? I am wowed each time I see them do that. They do it a few times, especially if the foal won't walk out. :)

Thanks so much for the comment and for supporting the challenge. It is appreciated.

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Some very beautiful and cute ponies!!

Here is my contribution to: #marketfriday
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I hope you like it and that you have a great weekend!!

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Aren't they adorable when they are young? They really are! I want to thank you for supporting the challenge!

You know I love your posts! Thank you for dropping the link! Have an awesome weekend!

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These ponies are so cute and touching! I hope they all get good homes and kind caring owners.

My walk through the shopping aisles:
https://ecency.com/hive-196308/@tatdt/market-friday-summer-book-alleys

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They look like they all got good homes! I love seeing their faces when they win a bid! It is so very touching! I know the feeling. We bought one and it has been a wonderful experience!

Thank you for supporting the challenge and for dropping the link!

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Hi, hope you are doing fine. I got to admit that I have never been to an auction before especially where I can get these cute ponies. ❤

Anyways, lovely post as always.
Here is my post for this #MarketFriday.

https://ecency.com/hive-196308/@pravesh0/jama-masjid-bazaar-an-old-cultural-market-in-delhi-india

Have a nice weekend and happy #MarketFriday 🤗

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I have been to this one a few times, they have it every year. They are such cute-looking ponies. I agree! Thank you so much for supporting the challenge and for dropping your link here!

It is appreciated!

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Hello dear friend @dswigle good afternoon
What a beautiful and fun place to visit, beautiful ponies, you have taken really beautiful shots
I appreciate all the auction information
This is my link of my participation

https://hive.blog/hive-196308/@jlufer/saying-goodbye-to-the-winter-holidays-market-friday-es-eng

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Thank you! It was quite nice and is always fun! Thank you for your kind words and I want to thank you for supporting the challenge!

Thank you for dropping the link!

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Hello Denise!
All these ponies are so cute! They reminded me of my childhood when I was learning to ride a horse. But that was so long ago. Thanks for the great shots!

This is my entry for the #MarketFriday. Have a nice weekend!

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Oh, yes. The memories. I am the same. In twenty or thirty more years, we can say it was long ago! :)

They are so cute when they are young, but when they get a year or two- stunning.

Thank you for supporting the challenge and for dropping the link!

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Separation is indeed a painful thing and mothers being separated from babies can be a very sad situation during the auction. I'm trying to imagine how the situation would look like during the auction. I must say those ponies look so cute. thanks for sharing @dswigle, being a while since I shared in the market Friday, but I got something to share today

https://hive.blog/hive-196308/@collinz/i-see-a-mutually-beneficial-relationship-here

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The mothers and babies are separated the night before the auction, so there is no big scene when that happens. It is done in as kind as possible way. They are old enough to go on their own and seek other foals to play with.

Thank you for supporting the challenge and dropping the link!

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It was very interesting to read.I didn't even think there were such events.

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Yes, there really are. They are quite fun to attend!

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Hi @dswigle It's very interesting the pony auction they are very beautiful I would like to participate in one take a pony home my kids will be happy thanks for letting me know about the auction and comment box #MarketFriday.

https://peakd.com/hive-196308/@nill2021/friday-market-looking-for-economy

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Hehe! Of course! Anyone is entitled to bid! :) You will have to wait until next year as the auction has ended. It gives me time to save money for the auction in July 2023! See you there!

Thank you for taking the time to read and for dropping your link!

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Hahahahaha From now on I will start saving hahaha see you next year hahahaha happy weekend

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Wow those ponies are really looking so cute, I have never seen ponies physically before, I only get to watch them on television or probably on social media.

Here is link to the #marketfriday challenge

https://peakd.com/hive-196308/@otuyanancy/market-friday-potatoes-hunt

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Thank you! They are intimidating sometimes if you aren't used to big animals, but, they are pretty friendly when you get used to them.

Thank you for dropping the link!

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I had a shopping Friday today, I purchased supplies for my craft workshop and only spent $10. I feel satisfied and happy with my purchases.

Have a nice weekend

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Welcome to #MarketFriday! Thank you for dropping your link here! I appreciate it! I will be sure to get to your post soon! Thank you for supporting the challenge!

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Ah so the two years were strictly on line auctions. Very interesting. I figured they needed to still thin the herd regardless of Covid.

Sure, that nose could pass for a heart shaped nose any day of the week! 😁

They sure had a successful auction and I am sure everyone is overjoyed with their new additions. How could anyone not be!?!

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It was put together with hopes of getting enough bids to sustain their needs and it surpasses all expectations for those two years and this year too. This year, they went ahead and did both online and in-person bids. It was interesting and makes more money as the reach is wider. The bids came from all over the country.

Every year it seems like the record keeps getting broken. Next year will have a tough act to follow!

Every year seems like there is a heart! I love the nose! I am sure there is joy in the hearts of those new additions! I know how we felt!!! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your words. I appreciate your support of the challenge!

Have a great night!

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Greeting mam @dswigle, these horses look gorgeous in these photos, awesome photographs as always.

Here is my #MarketFriday entry post. Hope you’ll like it.

Thank you!

https://ecency.com/hive-196308/@shohana1/my-market-friday-blog-this-c032de2730c44

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Thank you! Yes, the horses are especilly beautiful and I am sure they are happy right now in their new homes.

Thank you for dropping your link! I am sure I will love it!

Thank you for supporting the link!

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I love you and market Friday. Thanks so much mam for your kind words and support 💗💓💖❤️ stay blessed! Have a nice day!

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Hi Denise. It's fascinating everything you tell about the Chincoteague ponies, and it must be a lot of fun to attend that auction. If I had a place to have them, I would love to have one of those ponies. Although I have seen in another comment one has been sold for 30k. That's a lot of money for a wild pony. Wow!

Here is my entry for this Market Friday
https://peakd.com/hive-196308/@coquicoin/a-market-friday-with-an-unexpected-ending

Have a wonderful weekend :)

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They are wonderful ponies! It is a lot of fun to attend the entire week! The roundup, the pony beach walk, the swim, the auction, and the parade, then the auction and the swim back for the moms and buybacks going back to the other island.

I didn't get one until I had a proper place, but, I did not pay 30K. I did however put money into the one that was 32K It was a charity donation. There are many of us that get together and donate money for a pony that is donated back to the Fire Department, to help support all of the ponies. It is a buy-back pony - it goes back into the herd. I don't know if I help you understand or confuse you more. There might be 100 people who donate on this one pony.

It is for the cause, not because it is worth that much. :)

Thank you so much for your support!

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Hello, Denise. I understand and it seems to me a lovely cause. That island and all the events around those wild ponies must be amazing. So nice you could enjoy the week there. 🤗

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Thank you. Your words are always so sweet and filled with kindness. Have a wonderful night.

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Wow horse auction! This is something I have never seen before. Thanks for writing about it. Beautiful photos of the horses.

Here's the link to my #marketfriday this week.

https://ecency.com/hive-196308/@happycrazycon/market-friday-mooncake-festival-fair

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This is always a fun event! You don't have to buy it to enjoy it, it is just fun to watch the entire event.

Thanks for stopping by and reading and dropping your link! Your support is appreciated!

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Hello, your proposal is great, of course I already followed you and I hope to be able to participate again in this fun challenge.

Regarding the ponies, they are all very cute, in my region you don't see this type of event but it looks very entertaining.

https://peakd.com/hive-196308/@estefania3/viernes-dia-de-compras-de-alimentos-oror-friday-food-shopping-day-love#comments

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Thank you! I appreciate the support and your participation! I know that there aren't a lot of auctions like this, but, I happened upon this annual event and go every year that I can!

They are adorable and I hope that they all are in nice homes today!

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A pony auction? I hadn't heard of that, we definitely don't have that around here. They all look very beautiful, I hope they get a good family who loves them and have a great life ❣️.

This time, this is my post about Market Friday. I hope you like it ❣️. Greetings 😁.

https://peakd.com/hive-196308/@lauramica/market-friday-an-ice-cream-shop-with-special-flavors-in-la-falda-province-of-cordoba-una-heladeria-con-sabores-especiales-en-la

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They aren't in too many places, but, the events leading up to it are an annual event that raises money, and is a lot of fun!

I hope the people that got them are enjoying them too!

I look forward to reading your post! Thank you for the support~

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Pony that has a cool appearance, even they look very beautiful and handsome. 😂😂

This is my post about #marketfriday for this week.
https://peakd.com/hive-196308/@xoxois/the-price-of-pet-ducks-soars-in-the-local-market-or-marketfriday

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Thank you for taking the time to read and comment and also drop the link to your post.

I appreciate your support!

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Hello everyone
It's my first time in this community and it been a great fun for me reading and engaging on other people's post here

Here is my entry link

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Thank you for your support and for dropping the link!

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I love market Friday also and thanks for bringing up the initiative. God bless
!LUV

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Thank you! So glad that you do! I hope you get a few moments to check a few people's posts out, especially the new people.

Thanks for the luv!

Thank you again.

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They are just TOO gorgeous!

Love their markings. The look wild and free. So would take them all if I could... and roll around with them in the grass <3

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Thank you!!! Aren't they just beautiful? They do run wild and free on the island! Oh, yes! Buying them all would be amazing, yes?

Thanks so much for dropping the link and supporting the challenge!

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Love back.

Oh... I want a whole herd.

Yes! I found #marketfriday and am so going to participate. 😁

Have a good one brewing here and footage already...

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Hi @dswigle! Just dropping by to post my the link of my post for this week's #MarketFriday https://ecency.com/hive-196308/@leeart/weekend-shopping-and-lunch-for.

I'll be back to read your post :) Happy weekend!

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Thanks so much for dropping the link and for reading the post! ❤️I appreciate your support!

I hope you had a great weekend!

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You're welcome! Enjoy the week ahead. Cheers!

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I guess you mean auction off instead of actioned off.
Some of them looks lovely. Too bad no market in some case.
I almost had not market for my dinner after leaving the hospital on Friday.
https://hive.blog/hive-105017/@ace108/almost-no-dinner-on-friday-video-or-by-ace108

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Too bad no market in some case.

Not sure what you mean, although not all are meant to be auctioned off. Some are returned to the herd. They have a great turnout and made good money for the event!

Thanks so much for your words and for your support! You were at the hospital? Now I really must read!

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There's a typo up there somewhere that mention action.
You're welcome. I was at the hospital after I was sent there by the doctor who saw me because I blurred vision.

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It looks like there were more sales during COVID, no? I'm not good with numbers. I'd rather admire those cute little ponies :D

I did see the heart-shaped nose :)

It's great that this auction benefits everyone including the horses although it is a bittersweet moment.

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It is true what you say! It is a bittersweet moment and although the benefits of the auction are well-meaning, it is still a tear-jerking moment.

There were more sales during Covid as the reach is further. You could only bid if you were present, but, during covid and this year also, you could bid online, making it more possible to boost the prices. They still have a delivery fee if they don't come and get it, so, it can be an expensive hobby.

I loved the little heart-shaped nose!!!!

Thank you for stopping by and admiring the ponies ❤️ and always showing your support!

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I like how they have become innovative by adding online bidding this time. That is going to be convenient for some who wants to bid.

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Do people buy those ponies to keep at home or for sports especially those sold to charity and the deserving children?

The weather changed alot lately.
It got really cold so I went shopping for blankets here.
https://peakd.com/hive-196308/@monica-ene/a-harsh-weather-makes-me-buy-new-blankets-its-very-cold-here-whats-the-weather-like-in-your-country

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Most to keep at home. There were 7 buy-back ponies this year and those go back into the herd. They need to keep good genes going, so they select the buybacks based on the best traits for producing great ponies.

There is the feather fund and a horse is bought every year for a deserving child or family that cannot otherwise afford it. There are funds also given for their care for years and years.

My guy goes to shows and competes in the circuit. It is 99% fun.

Blanket weather in Nigeria? That's cold! Thanks for dropping the link and for supporting the challenge!

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One pony was sold to two people - the pony must be VIP , very important pony ! 😊

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I wanted to ask if they would take crypto.

That's what I was thinking. Maybe next year. How would you like to buy a herd? What about turning HP into horses?

This kind of selling is completely foreign to me, it's probably like art auctions. I'm not a fan because I would neither buy horses nor have enough money to buy art I like. The horse is a splendid animal but one that has always inspired fear in me when I have been near it.
You are happy there, it shows in the gorgeous photos and the way you talk about them. I still haven't figured out if you have horses at home or have bought and paid for them to be cared for elsewhere. Either way, I understand you're having a great time now, so a vacation!

I've been away for a few days too, I'm finding it hard to get writing and have missed a few deadlines just as I'll be ignoring some rules to write for Friday's market.

Once again eclectic, mixed, and wonderful! Thanks, @dswigle!

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Hi, Dan!!! I have been away all week at the Pony Swim, camping with my family and extended family. It has been a lot of fun, but, really HOT this year.

I understand what you are saying about buying and going to the auction. Chincoteague is a small island close to where my shore house is. Originally, we would go there and kayak, watching the ponies wander the wetlands there. Eventually, I heard about the pony swim and went one year. The purpose of the pony swim is to move the ponies from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island so that the foals can be auctioned. The auction serves two purposes. First, the auction helps to control the overall size of the herd, keeping it from growing too large. Secondly, the auction is a fundraiser for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company. The island is small and the sustainability depends on keeping a balance of horses to food. We didn't buy one right away. It takes a lot of dedication to have a horse and keep them the way they deserve. Nobody should buy one just to have. They are not objects, and should never be treated as one.

Your fear is based on your comfort level. If you raised this horse since it was little, there would be no fear and you would be familiar with horses in general. Because you think you know what they are capable of, it gives you fear, but, knowing how gentle they can really be would make you no fear. BTW Animals can smell fear. Horses sense the anxiety of their riders and experience an increased heart rate at the same time as their human companions. This may be why it is said that horses can sense fear when a new human is attempting to handle them. I see it all the time.

We have three horses which we kept at the house until I moved here. We rent stalls at a barn not far from where I live. We do all the care for them and ride them most days. They have a nice pasture to graze during the day and they are groomed on a daily basis. It is their favorite time, I think. :) We sometimes take them on a trail ride, sometimes long, sometimes short. They are trained in English style riding.

I don't need to be looking to buy to enjoy going there. It is a fun tradition and I love how the entire town takes part in it. They volunteer all of their services, and this is what makes this town so fun to go to. It i the giving of ones self that shines here.

I love art also, but, I probably went to art auctions for ten years or more before I bought a piece. I have been around horses my entire life, but, didn't own one myself for a long, long time. I actually never really needed to own one to still enjoy them, but, one day, it happened.

Thanks so much for stopping by! You are always a joy to read!

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Oh thanks @dswigle, your explanations are crystal clear! Now I understand well what is the situation of your horses, I understand well how big this passion is, it has an aristocratic side... horses not being within everyone's reach.

I understand why this event is happening on the island, an event that has turned into a show that everyone is chewing on.

I suspected it was close to your seaside home. It makes sense that it would be.

I dislike the expression "comfort level ( or zone)". It's been a habit, especially with a lot of influencers, gurus, and all sorts of modern quacks using the phrase: "you have to get out of your comfort zone". I detest this expression, especially as it has become commonplace, I hear it everywhere, from the market to the theatre... I don't deny that maybe the meaning is correct, but I don't like the expression...

I know where the fear of horses comes from, but I didn't want to expand on the subject. The fear comes from my childhood in the country. My grandmother didn't have horses or cows, she didn't have big animals, so I wasn't used to them. My playmates had such animals that were treated very badly, brutally and because of this, they were also brutal and, probably out of fear, would bite or kick when you approached them. I have seen a few accidents of this kind that ended badly for people and hence the fear.
You are talking about well-groomed, gentle, and trained horses. That's a whole other story, I'm not afraid of them.

Glad you had such a nice week, I hoped so when I understood from your absence here that you were on vacation. I really like the way you say "my family and extended family", I feel your love and warmth for your family. I think that means happiness!

I'm so glad I could communicate with you again. Have a nice week!

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So many cute ponies! I wish we had some wild horses in Thailand! But the surroundings were note suitable for them. We have too many snakes in the jungles.

Here’s my link to this week’s post.

https://ecency.com/hive-150329/@kaminchan/simple-life-by-the-river

Have a wonderful day!

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The ponies are adorable and I'm not sure how they would feel with all those snakes. We have snakes, but, not any poisonous ones where they are.

Thank you for stopping by, reading the post, and dropping your link! Your support is always appreciated by me! I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

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Would love to ride a horse on the mountains one day!

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