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Assateague horses love a ‘pic-a-nic’ basket. But save them from deadly human, pet food
Source: DelmarvaNow
Publication Date: June 17, 2009

Nearly two years ago, one of Assateague Island National Park's iconic horses was found dead in a campground after eating dog food.  Now, a nonprofit that has been working to protect the horses is one step closer to preventing similar incidents from happening again.  The nonprofit Assateague Island Alliance received an order of 222 modified picnic table frames that will be equipped with horse-proof cooler boxes for Assateague Island National Seashore.  The group aims to use the tables to keep human and pet foods inaccessible to horses as part of a program called "A Fed Horse is a Dead Horse: A Project to Protect Assateague's Wild Horses," according to a Facebook post from the nonprofit.    ...

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Pony proof picnic tables to be installed throughout Assateague
Source: 47ABC
Publication Date: June 18, 2019

ASSATEAGUE ISLAND, Md. – Work is underway at Assateague Island National Seashore to install over 200 new picnic tables that are specially designed to keep ponies away from peoples food. The new picnic tables have a storage box underneath them that can only be opened by people, not horses. The goal of the new tables is to crack down on one of Assateague Island’s biggest problems, which is negative interactions between people and ponies. Liz Davis, the Chief of Interpretation at Assateague National Seashore said, “It’s probably our number one problem.”...

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‘A Fed Horse is a Dead Horse’ Campaign Launched On Assateague
Source: The Dispatch
Publication Date: October 16, 2017

In an effort to protect the wild horses at Assateague Island National Seashore, a new campaign is aimed at keeping them away from human food. This week Assateague Island Alliance...

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Trying out the Assateague Horse ID app
Publication Date: July 28, 2017

I may have only moved to the Shore a few months ago, but I don’t think the beauty of the Assateague horses will ever get old to me. I’ve been to the island a few times before, but spotting a horse on the beach or...

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Assateague Island Alliance Launches Horse ID App
Source: Shorebread
Publication Date: June 21,2017

Just in time for summer, the Assateague Island Alliance has launched their new Assateague Horse ID app! Head on over to the app store, download the free “Horse ID” app, and then make your way out to Assateague Island to start identifying...

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Assateague Island Wild Horse Identification App to Launch Spring 2017
Source: YouTube - Delmarva Life
Publication Date: January 5, 2017


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Five Assateague Horse Foals To Be Named
Source: WBOC
Publication Date: October 26, 2016

Five new foals born to the Maryland herd of Assateague horses are in need of names. Naming rights contests are underway for the five foals, according to officials with the Assateague Island Alliance, or AIA. Each year, the...

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Assateague Horse Named After Young Cancer Victim
Source: The Dispatch
Publication Date: November 15, 2015

One of the latest additions to the herd of wild horses has a new proper name after a Phoenix, Md. woman won a contest and chose an appropriate moniker for the sorrel mare. Each year, the Assateague Island Alliance...

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Assateague Island Gets Its First Resident Artist
Source: delmarva now.
Publication Date: November 3, 2015

Grays, browns, yellows, greens and a touch of blue. Bit by bit, the paint on Karen McLain's canvas formed a common scene on Assateague Island, a horse grazing by the roadside...

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Old Notecards Reprinted To Mark Assateague Island Anniversary
Source: The Dispatch
Publication Date: December 30, 2014

Fans of Assateague Island National Seashore will have a chance to show their support in 2015 through the purchase of vintage notecards reprinted in honor of the park’s 50th anniversary. In January, vintage notecards featuring...

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Assateague Analyzing Feces To Gauge Horse Pregnancies; 29 Island Mares Being Tracked
Source: The Dispatch
Publication Date: November 20, 2014

While it certainly isn’t the most glamorous aspect of managing the famed wild horses on Assateague, a biological technician is spending much of November conducting pregnancy tests on many of the mares on the barrier island in an attempt to predict how many...

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