The Chincoteague Pony is a hardy breed that breed originates on the Atlantic island of Assateague.
The breed varies greatly in type and there is no true breed standard.
Natural selection and the introduction of different breeds, most notably Arabian and Mustang, have led to this lack of a true type.
Chincoteagues are known for being easy keepers and often do not require shoes.
Most Chincoteagues are between 13 and 14.5 hands.
Chincoteagues come in most all colors and patterns, with pinto being the most popular and the most prevalent.
Chincoteagues have excelled in the show ring in a variety of disciplines.
The wild ponies residing in the Maryland side of Assateague are owned and cared for by the U.S.
They are referred to as Assateague Ponies.