While Hurricane Sandy tossed numerous impacts at Assateague Island National Seashore, the seashore's ponies weathered the storm just fine, according to park officials.
"They are acting as if nothing happened," says Rachelle Daigneault, the seashore's chief of interpretation, who checked on the ponies. "They've been here 300 years. They've not only survived, but they've thrived."
During storms such as Hurricane Sandy, wild horses on barrier islands such as Assateague Island National Seashore, Cape Lookout National Seashore, and Cumberland Island National Seashore often retreat into the pines of maritime forests. Not only do the trees offer a measure of respite from the weather, but so do the surrounding dunes.