Thursday, August 9, 2012

Chincoteague Pony Centre - Rural Thursday

I mentioned that in preparation for our trip to Chincoteague this summer, Pierce and I read the classic Misty of Chincoteague last May.  It was fun for me to revisit the book I loved so much as a child.  And it made Pierce excited about our upcoming trip.

The townhouse we rented was a short walk from the Chincoteague Pony Centre, so we walked over one afternoon.  We stopped for a bit to watch the ponies.  Someone was being reprimanded, and we soon found out why...

Turns out, he was pretty full of himself.

Don't hurt yourself little guy!

I'd say he's just about all legs...

When that got boring, he wandered over to cause trouble in neighboring paddocks.

And then he was right back at it.  I started to feel some sympathy for his hot and tired mother. 

See this pretty pony?  She is Misty III.  She's the granddaughter of the Misty II, who was descended from the original Misty, and truly resembles her a lot.  She was very sweet and came over for a visit.

She even took a moment to say hello to the twins.

How about you, reader?  Did you read Misty of Chincoteague as a kid?

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54 comments:

alissa apel said...

I didn't read that when I was younger. The pictures of the pony are so cute. Especially the one where he's all legs!

Brian King said...

Those youngsters are so fun to watch when they're full of themselves! Like most kids, I suppose. And I'm sure mom needed a break like most moms. :-)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

It must have been great fun watch the little horse play.

andy said...

Great looking animals! !! Have a great day

Jeanne said...

It was my favorite book and when I was very small, remember my mom reading it to me. I still have the book, in fact the whole series of Margaret Henry. So fascinating to visit this place. Thanks so much for sharing these great shots! Do the horse actually still swim over? Amazing

Buttons said...

I never read this book.
I love watching the little ones run and tire their mother's out.
What a great thing to do for your boys. B

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

The little horse is really cute. Great capture !

Maple Lane said...

I did not read that book. How fun that you and Pierce read it together. I love the pony photos - what a character he is! I know your sons enjoyed all the horses.

My Journey With Candida said...

I never read that book but it sounds wonderful. Love your pictures.

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures you show of some beautiful horses / foals.
Wishing you a good day :)
Hanne Bente

Laura @ Green Legacy Farm said...

Misty III is just beautiful! What a fun trip!

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

Aww! I love when the li'l guys are all full of spunk!

I love that you got to see Misty III! So cool!

Looks like such a fun, memorable trip!

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Oh that pony is soooo adorable! Your series of photos tells the story so well. I never read Misty of Chincoteague as a child - I'm headed over to Amazon right now to take a look!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Absolutely love your post and pics ~ what a fun time for all ~ love the mom and pony pic ~ (A Creative Harbor)

EG CameraGirl said...

Oh, I am so jealous! I have never been there and YES, I have read Misty of Chincoteague. How great that you read the book to heighten the interest in your trip. Perfect!

Lisa Lynn said...

That was one of my favorites as a young girl too! I would love to visit the ponies someday...a pretty long trip from Illinois! Thanks for sharing a photo of Misty's grand daughter! I probably won't get there any time soon...so I am very happy to see your post :)

Nancy Claeys said...

Didn't read the book as a youngster, not sure it had been published yet. Lol. Love the fact the original Misty's progeny still live on the premises. Great post, Lisa!

Marissa @Life On Our Mountain said...

How awesome that the original Misty's bloodline is carrying on.

That little guy reminds me of a bucking bronco. :)

bailey-road.com said...

I loved that book and always wanted to see the annual pony swim. Never did, though. I love the high-spirited little foal in your post - and Misty's great-granddaughter!

TexWisGirl said...

yes, i loved misty of chincoteague. :) what a great place to see in person.

prideinphotos.com said...

Can you believe I have never heard of this book? I hate it when there is a good book out there that I know nothing about♥ That little pony reminds me of our dog...who behaves just like him♥
Laurie @ Pride in Photos

tiarastantrums said...

what a little cutie! (the colt) it looks like he is having a great time - and hope you are too

Anne Payne said...

My daughter loved that book when she was a young girl, and drew pictures of horses every day! Thanks for sharing your trip and bringing a smile to my face this morning :)

Yael Ben-Ari said...

Lisa,

Loved seeing those photos of the colt frolicking. So full of energy.

Yael from Home Garden Diggers

Rambling Round said...

What fun to watch! BTW, that is a great twin stroller.

Sandy said...

Yeah, that little guy is quite the trouble maker. Of course I read Misty! It took me years, but I finally got my Dad to take me to Chincoteague and I loved it.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I didn't read the book, but I'm thinking I should have! My brother had a small replica of Misty, and sometimes he let me play with that. Enjoyed your photos!

Mary said...

So I opened up to see a brown and white paint horse on your post too...made me chuckle... Happy visit for children.

Renae said...

This must be the time of year for horse photos. They are beautiful pics, great job!

Jill said...

Happy late birthday to the boys! What a nice set of photos! That little colt is very full of himself. Misty was one of my favorite reads.

Chatty Crone said...

I did not read it. The horses were beautiful though and the kids looked that they were not quite sure what to do! sandie

Tanya said...

i don't think i ever read that book...what a great trip though!

Leovi said...

Surprisingly sweet and full of tenderness these beautiful photos.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

I can't say that I ever read that one. The colt is so frisky and cute!!

Beth Wade said...

Wow, that takes me back to my adolescence when I was horse-crazy. What a fun trip!

A Quiet Corner said...

Read it? I read it, dreamed about it, envisioned it and wanted to go live there!!!! At least now I finally know someone who DID!!!...:)JP

SweetMarie said...

I did not read the book. What a cute pony! Love the one where he's completely in the air! :)

Candy C. said...

Dang right I read the book, it was one of my favorites! The pony "roundup" was on the news recently and my hubby had never even heard of the Chincoteague ponies...I said "WHAT?!?"

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Goodness, he was full of energy!

Michelle said...

Such sweet ponies!

Shell said...

Oh, my boys would love to see the horses!

Angela said...

That little guy sure was having fun that evening! I'll be the boys loved watching him run around like that. Fun looking trip!

Jen said...

Love those pics, Lisa. He sure looks like a spirited pony!!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Oh yes,, we read the book and love it!
What a fun day you all had seeing the ponys!
love
tweedles

GardenofDaisies said...

Yes, I did read that book and I loved it! So wonderful that you all were able to visit and see Misty's granddaughter. What energy that little pony has! Reminds me of a super active four year old boy I met yesterday...

Valerie said...

Misty and Stormy were two of my favorite horse stories as a kid-and it is so cool you got to see Misty III. She does look like Misty!

I hope that active little colt took a long nap, and let his poor mama rest:)

Barbara said...

I've never read the book, but what a great thing to do with your boys.

Debbie said...

little ones always have a bit more engery then they need. who knows that better then you!!

adorable photo's!!

thanks for hosting!!

Lmkazmierczak said...

The book sure sounds familiar...I'd have to read a little bit of it, but I was into horses in my youth so I think I did♫♪ Love your photos!

Deb Crecelius said...

Never been there in person,
but the book is terrific.
The colt with all the energy?
I know kids like that :)

Carolyn said...

I used to have horses as a kid, so this really takes me back. One of these days I should post on my blog about the time Sugarfoot (our pony) took and ate a whole package of mackintosh toffee.
Hmm.
Thanks for the smile you brought to my face, and the inspiration!

http://taleweaversramblings.blogspot.ca/

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

Yea! Ya'll made it. I hope it was everything Pierce thought it would be

Kim said...

You know I've never even heard of it. I'll have to look for it.

Lexie Loo, Lily Boo, and Dylan Too! said...

I love love love this!