Wild Assateague ponies and foals swim in the Assateague Channel 30 July 2003 crossing to Chincoteague, Virginia, where several of the foals will be auctioned off to support the local fire department in the 78th Annual Pony Penning. The traditional round-up of wild ponies since the 1800's maintains the size of the herd at about 150 which is deemed appropriate by natural resouce officials to not overrun the delicate coastal barrier island.  AFP Photo/Paul J. RICHARDS  (Photo credit should read PAUL J.RICHARDS/AFP via Getty Images)