Collection: Assateague Island Horses


Why foster a horse? Your symbolic foster is an ideal way to support the horses living wild and free among the Maryland herd on Assateague Island National Seashore. By fostering a horse, you are directly involved in preserving one of America’s most beloved wildlife treasures and their survival in one of our most fragile natural resources.  There is much to discover about the horses of the Maryland herd.  Scroll to the bottom of this website for links to learn more about the Assateague Horses.  

AIA would like to thank the photographers who have so graciously allowed us to use their beautiful photographs for the Foster Horse Program and our Assateague Island Horse ID app.  

Earl Blansfield Bonnie Lindblom Cally Leigh Mack  Cat Volmer
Jen Britton Christine Lloyd Zoe Newman Janis Wilde
Lynn Fisher Melanie Lloyd Michael Rickard Andrew Yurko
Carol Frantz
Karen Lockard
Susan Szczbor
Nancy Gaither Lou Lockard Allison Turner


The wild horses are just that, wild.  Although the typical lifespan of an Assateague wild horse is 20 to 30 years, individual lifespans vary dramatically.  Horses may live for many years or may meet an early demise through accident, disease, or unknown causes.  There will be no intercession by the NPS.  AIA will NEVER offer a foster horse if it is known to be deceased with the exception of a  limited foster window following each horse's death.  No refunds or exchanges will be available to foster horses that have passed.                                                                              

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What happens with my donation?

Proceeds generated by the Foster Horse Program help fund Assateague Island National Seashore’s wild horse management program which is in place to maintain a healthy horse population, preserve their naturally social behaviors, and the island’s ecosystems on which they depend. In addition, as a “foster parent,” you will receive a deluxe padded folder with an 8” x 10” color photo of your horse, a detailed biography, a map indicating where your horse usually resides, and an official certificate recognizing your generous contribution. Additionally, you will receive a one-year subscription to the “Horse Tales” newsletter.