Wild Ponies On-site
Refuge Inn founder Don Leonard had a passion for ponies. He bought his first horse when he was 12, and they were a constant presence in his life from that point forward. He often said that the ponies were the reason for his success in life. His sons maintain his herd now, and they keep a few of their authentic Chincoteague ponies here at the Refuge Inn for our guests to enjoy. The ponies are friendly, but wild–they love attention, but they really love fed corn and sweet feed. They’ll come right over to the feed boxes to greet you. Just be sure to put the treats in the boxes provided.
Currently in the pasture at the Refuge are Honeymoon, born in our pasture on June 2, 2019, Pocahontas who was born on Assateague and purchased at the 2019 CVFC Auction, and “My Corona” who was born during the COVID shutdown in Spring 2020.
Come visit the herd! The ponies say, “Bring Treats!”