Mount Rogers: Pony Reunion?

June 9, 2009 at 6:00 am 3 comments

On Saturday Ryan, Jimmie, Henry and I encountered a pair of ponies Mount Rogers National Recreation Area on the Appalachian Trail. Last year on the same hike, PassionPhish, Bill and I encountered a mother and foal with similar markings.

Rhododendron Gap - Baby Pony and Mama Pony
Ponies, June 2008

Mount Rogers Backpacking Trip 2009 - AT - Matching Ponies
Ponies, June 2009

Looking back at 2008 pictures, the markings of the one of the left are pretty similar (but far from perfect) to the male foal we saw last year. The 2009 version does have spots on its back and butt the 2008 foal was missing. Also there is a white hook on his shoulder that wasn’t there with the 2008 foal. Did I have a reunion with a pony I met last year?  I guess it depends on how much a pony’s markings can change as it ages.

Pony - Then and Now?
Baby Pony 2008, Pony 2009

Either way, it was a pretty neat case of deja vu.  : )

More pictures of Mount Rogers ponies can be found on my Flickr site.

Entry filed under: Appalachian Trail, Hiking, Mount Rogers.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Anne  |  June 9, 2009 at 9:25 am

    The white hooves look unusual.

  • 2. scienceguy288  |  June 9, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Not an expert equestrian by any means, so I shall decline to comment, but looks pretty darn close.

  • 3. Angel  |  June 12, 2009 at 11:41 am

    I’m positive it’s a different horse – sorry. When looking at the neck of the older horse there’s not only that white “hook” but the brown running down the left leg goes nearly to his “knee”. Also, the older horse has more brown running down the left leg where the brown on the foal pretty much stop at the chest.


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